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Full text of "The fairy cabinet : containing fairy tales"

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FAIRY CABINET: 



CONTAINING 



FAIRY TALES, 



TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH AND GERMAN. 



BOSTON: 
T. H. CARTER AND COMPANY, 

118 J Washington Street. 

1845. 



Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, 

By T. HARRINGTON CARTER, 
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts. 



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The " Cabinet des Fees," an old French work from 
which the following Stories have principally been taken, 
is a large collection of Fairy Lore, filling more than 
thirty volumes. The Fairy Tales commonly met with, 
are, for the most part, to be found in that work. 

In making up this volume, care has been taken to select 
such as were supposed never to have been published in 
English, and such as were most adapted to the amuse- 
ment of the young. As the French collection above 
named is not a common book, it is probably not accessible 
to many American readers, and it has been thought that 
a selection from it might not be an unacceptable present 
to the juvenile part of the community. Some Fairy Tales 
from the German have been added to give more variety to 
the work. 

Boston, November, 1844. 



(£ n 1 1 n 1 . 



Page. 
MIGNIONETTE, 9 

BLUE BIRD, 34 

LEGENDS OF THE DWARFS, . . . . .85 

JEANNETTE, OR THE LITTLE GOSSIP, . . 89 

THE RAINBOW PRINCE, 99 

FINETTA CINDRETTA, OR THE SPANISH HORSE, . Ill 

THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS OF ROLAND, . . 139 

GLORIOSA, OR THE ENVIOUS FAIRIES, . . 170 

PRINCE PERINET, OR THE PORCELAIN ISLAND, . 199 



FAIRY STORIES 



MIGNIONETTE. 

There was once a King and Queen who were very 
honest people and governed their subjects as well 
as they could. But instead of depending upon their 
own judgment and that of their council and legisla- 
ture, if indeed they had these conveniences, they 
were constantly consulting a neighboring Fairy, 
and had placed themselves altogether in her power. 
It was the fashion of their age, so that they were 
not so much to blame for it. The worst of the mat- 
ter was, that Fairy Grumbla, for that was her name, 
was a person of a very disagreeable temper. She 
was always grumbling and muttering between her 
teeth, and if she did a person a kindness, it was in 
such a disagreeable way as to make him or her feel 
very uncomfortable. 

The King and the Queen had fourteen children, 
and Grumbla never came to see them without scold- 
ing at the noise they made, and complaining that 
they filled up the nursery so that she could not 
find room to walk about in it with her high-heeled 
shoes, her hooped petticoat, and her satin and vel- 
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10 FAIRY STORIES, 

vet train nine yards long. Bat still she carne to 
the palace every day, and seemed to feel that it was 
her business to see that the children were properly 
brought up and provided for. The poor King and 
Queen, though the most humble and gentle people 
in the world, very often wished that madam Grum- 
bla would find some other family to take care of, but 
they did not dare to tell her so. 

The simplicity of courts at that early period of 
the world was very great. The king's children 
played every day with the neighboring boys and 
girls, which was not surprising, as they all went to 
the same school. 

Near the palace there lived quietly, in his little 
cottage, a very good Coalman $ the coal he sold sup- 
ported him ; all his neighbors respected him because 
he was the most honest person in the world. The 
King himself had great confidence in his capacity, 
and consulted him on affairs of state. He was 
called Coalman for shortness, and for two leagues 
round no one would use any charcoal except his. 
He carried it to all the great lords' and fairies' hou- 
ses, and he was every where kindly received, so 
that the little children were not afraid of him, and 
they did not say of him, " Be good, here is the Coal- 
man come to take you away." When he had fin- 
ished his day's work he came home to his little 
cottage to enjoy his rest and freedom, for he was 
his own master. His wife had been dead for a long 
time, and he had no family but one little daughter, 



MIGNIONETTE. 11 

named Mignionette, whom he loved very dearly. 
She was very pretty, though she lived in a smoky 
cottage, and though she was dressed in very coarse 
clothes she was always neat and clean, and graceful 
and active in her movements. 

The youngest child of the King and Queen, little 
Larkie, was as lively as he was pretty, he was al- 
ways looking for Mignionette, and preferred her for 
a playmate to all the other little children, so that 
they were always seen together. The Coalman 
meantime found himself growing old, and he was 
very uneasy about what would become of Mignion- 
ette if he was to die. The King's kindness to him 
did not offer him any resource ; he thought within 
himself, the good King is overcome with the cares 
of his own large family, and he has so many things 
to ask of Madam Grumbla, and this Madam Grum- 
bla is so difficult to get along with, that he would 
never dare to say a word to her about my daughter ; 
and even if he were to promise to do it, I should be 
afraid to trust him, and the Coalman's reflections 
always ended by his saying, " The King is much 
more to be pitied than I am." 

But the more Coalman thought of his affairs, the 
more difficult he found it to decide what he had 
better do. He went visiting round at all the houses 
in the neighborhood, but he was more than any 
where kindly received at that of a benevolent Fairy 
named Earned Almond. She it was who gave the 
name to a well known species of confectionary, for 



12 FAIRY STORIES. 

it was her own invention. This good Fairy per- 
ceived the Coalman one day in the court of her 
castle. She asked him several questions, which he 
answered her in a manner which pleased her. The 
uneasiness he felt for the fate of Mignionette, af- 
fected her so much that she resolved to take care of 
her. She directed him to bring her the little girl 
the next Monday. The good man was at the same 
time charmed with having found so good an estab- 
lishment for his daughter, and grieved at being 
obliged to part with her. He however complied 
with the request of the Fairy. He dressed his 
daughter in white linen and neat clothes, and bade 
her put on her new shoes he had bought her the 
day before. 

Mignionette jumped about him, ran forward, then 
came back to take his hand, saying repeatedly, 
"'we are going to the castle, we are going to the 
castle," for that was all the Coalman had told her 
about their journey. Burned Almond received them 
very kindly, but notwithstanding all the beauties of 
the castle, and all the sugar and sweetmeats she 
received, Mignionette did not wish to leave her 
dear papa, and when he was gone she wept for the 
first time in her life. Every body who saw the 
parting, said, " my little girl would not have done 
so much for me." Her good feeling pleased the 
Fairy, who loved her the more for it. 

But at last little Mignionette dried up her tears, 
and by paying great attention to the teachings of 



MIGNIONETTE. 13 

the Fairy, who never scolded her and never 
had to tell her the same thing twice, she soon be- 
came one pf the best little girls in the world. She 
always ran with open arms to embrace her papa, as 
soon as she saw him at a distance. After having 
embraced her father she always inquired of him 
about Larkie, and gave him her prettiest toys and 
best sugar plums to carry him. The Coalman 
acquitted himself of his commission, and the little 
prince on his side always asked about Mignionette, 
and said he wanted very much to see her again. 
Mignionette, whom the Fairy loved more and more 
every day, had now arrived at the age of twelve 
years, when Burned Almond desired the Coalman 
one day to come up into her cabinet. She was so 
good that she would never allow any one to stand 
while talking to her, and he at first was unwilling 
to sit down — it is true it was somewhat singular to 
see the Coalman in a white embroidered satin chair. 
When he was seated the Fairy said to him, " my 
good man, I love your daughter." "Madam, that 
is very kind of you," said he, " but you have great 
reason, she is so good and pretty." " And I wish," 
resumed the good Burned Almond, " to consult you 
on what I shall do with her. You know, or you do 
not know," continued she, " that I shall soon be 
obliged to go and live in another country." " Oh 
well, madam," said the Coalman, "you can take 
her with you, if you will be so kind." " That is 
what I cannot do," replied the Fairy, " but I can 
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14 FAIRY STORIES. 

establish her well, let us see what you wish for 
her." "Well, madam," replied the Coalman, 
" make her queen of a little kingdom, if you please." 

The Fairy, surprised at this proposition, told 
him that the higher was the station the more trouble 
people had. The Coalman assured her that he had 
always heard that there were inconveniences every 
where, and that those of royalty had at least more 
consolation. " It is not," added he, " that I ask you 
to make me a King, I indeed prefer to be a Coal- 
man, it is a trade I understand, and perhaps I should 
not be able to practice the other. But Mignionette 
is young, it will not be difficult for her to learn 
what I propose, I know pretty well how it is done, 
for I see it every day." 

" We will see," said the Fairy, as he took his 
leave, " what I can do, but I warn you beforehand 
she will have a great deal to suffer." " Very well, 
madam, I have suffered and have not gained much, 
be only so kind as to make her a Queen, this is all 
I ask of you," added he, as he departed. 

During this time Madam Grumbla had estab- 
lished almost all the children of the King and Queen. 
She had sent some to seek their fortune, and they 
had found kingdoms, the princesses had been well 
married, without their adventures having been ex- 
actly known. The youngest of the fourteen, little 
Larkie, was the only one for whom she had done 
nothing. One day she arrived at the court of the 
King and Queen in her usual scolding humor, and 



MIGNIONETTE. 15 

finding the little prince whom his father and mother 
were caressing, she said to them, " Here is a spoiled 
child, this is the way to do something, I will bet 
every thing in the world that he knows nothing at 
all." 

" Come," said she, addressing the young prince, 
u say your lessons to me this minute, and if you 
miss a word I will whip you." Larkie said his 
lessons wonderfully well, because he had them all 
at his fingers' ends, he even added some remarks 
which were surprising for his age. The King and 
Queen dared not show their joy at this, for fear of 
increasing the ill humor of Madam Grumbla, who 
kept repeating, " the lessons you have given him 
are good for nothing, they are too learned and too 
deep for a child." Then turning towards the King 
and Queen she said, " but why have you not asked 
me for something for him. This is the way you 
all do, you make me establish your blockheads of 
children, who will make the silliest Kings in the 
world, and because this one is good for something 
you wish to take your own ease in spoiling him, for 
I see clearly he is your darling. But I declare to 
you, it shall not be so, for I choose to make him set 
out immediately," continued she, " it would be mur- 
derous to leave him any longer with you, and I 
will not have that to reproach myself with. Every 
body knows that you are my friends, and I will not 
bear to have stones throw r n at me for a foolish fancy 
of yours. Ah, do not make any faces, we will see 



16 FAIRY STORIES. 

what can be done, for I have no objection to taking 
advice." 

The King and Queen replied gently that it was 
for her to decide, and that they had no will of their 
own. " Well then," said Madam Grumbla, "he 
must travel." " That is easily said," replied the 
King and Queen at the same time, " but condescend 
to think," continued the latter, " that our other 
children have exhausted our treasury, and that not 
being able to allow him to travel according to his 
rank, you see how unpleasant it would be to us, if 
he should say all along the road while he was trav- 
eling in a mean style, ' I am the son of the King 
and Queen.' " 

" Ah how vain you are," cried Madam Grumbla, 
" there is surely no reason why you should be, van- 
ity is pretty furniture when one has fourteen child- 
ren. You say your children have ruined you, and 
so you are discontented with what I have done for 
them. I have always said you had a bad heart." 

" Madam," said the Queen, " you mistake us, we 
owe you all gratitude for your kindness to us, but 
we are very exact in keeping our accounts, and our 
books will show that though we have not been ex- 
travagant, our treasury is not overflowing." 

"Well, well," said Madam Grumbla, "let us 
finish this affair, for my temper is getting a little 
warm. This little boy is lively as a butterfly ; you 
have always praised him, and certainly he will go 
all along the road saying, ' I am son of the King 



MIGNIONETTE. 17 

and Queen.' " Then speaking to the boy, she said, 
" Why do you talk so as you are going along." 
" Madam," replied Larkie, " I shall say nothing but 
what you order me to say." " This is not the 
thing," replied Madam Grumbla, " answer me to 
what I ask you, why do you say a thing which you 
know is not good, for you will not fail to do it, 
your father and mother know you will, and have 
complained of you to me." 

" Madam," replied Larkie, " they have told you 
what they feared, but I promise you to do no such 
thing." " Ah ah, does he reason like this, but I am 
not surprised at it, he will always have an answer 
and set up his own will, but I will let you know 
that he shall not say it all along the road, I will 
settle that." At this moment she touched him with 
her wand and changed him into the bird which is 
now called Lark after him. 

The King and Queen, who wished to embrace 
him, touched nothing but a lark, for the change was 
made in the twinkling of an eye, they afterwards 
took him, one after the other, on their fingers, but 
scarcely did they have time to kiss him, for he took 
his flight in obedience to the orders of the Fairy, 
who pronounced these terrible words, " Go where 
you can, do what you ought." The tears of the 
King and Queen softened Madam Grumbla a little, 
meantime she quitted them, saying, " It is your 
fault, you see what you have made me do," and 
scolding thus she got into her wheelbarrow chair 



18 FAIRY STORIES. 

drawn by six magpies and as many jays, who made 
a dreadful noise as they carried her along. 

Madam Grumbla, greatly excited at all that had 
taken place, went to the council of Fairies which 
was held the same day. She happened to find 
herself seated near the good Fairy Burned Almond, 
and as it is natural to speak of what one has been 
doing, she talked over the affairs of the King and 
Queen, and complained of the trouble she had had 
to establish their fourteen children, and all the 
while kept finding fault with the poor King and 
Queen, and addressing herself to them as if they 
had been actually present. She finished by asking 
Burned Almond if she had not some little kingdom 
or princess at her disposal, which would suit little 
Larkie. Burned Almond, who was the best woman 
in the world, while she blamed silently the ill hu- 
mor of Madam Grumbla, assured her that she would 
very willingly take charge of Larkie, provided 
Grumbla would not meddle any farther with him, 
and would give her leave to make trial of his char- 
acter and feelings. " Do what you will with him," 
said she, in a crosser tone than ever, " provided you 
let me hear nothing more of him," and she that very 
moment joyfully gave up to Burned Almond all her 
rights of Fairydom over little Larkie. Even regu- 
lar law papers were passed between them. 

Burned Almond, struck with the resemblance 
which existed between the fortunes of Mignionette 
and Larkie, resolved to examine their characters 



MIGNIONETTE. 19 

with more attention, with the design of making the 
fortune and happiness of the little girl. But she 
was pressed for time, for the day of her departure 
drew near, she was therefore obliged to find means 
to leave them together to their own good faith, to 
prepare themselves for their establishment. Her 
first care was to run after Larkie, who charmed 
with being able to fly, and naturally lively, was 
difficult to be caught, but how could a young bird 
resist the power of a Fairy ? Burned Almond 
easily caught him in a snare, she placed him imme- 
diately in a beautiful cage, and carried him to her 
castle. As soon as the prince saw Mignionette, he 
recovered his former gayety, he flapped his wings, 
placed himself at the bars of his cage, making every 
effort to break them and approach her. What 
pleasure to him to hear Mignionette say to him, 
" good morning, my little friend, how pretty he is," 
and what grief to him to be able to answer her only 
by his Lark's note. But he softened that, he made 
it more charming, and showed her every mark of 
tenderness which a bird could do. Mignionette 
was touched by it, without having any idea of the 
truth, and said very simply to Burned Almond that 
she had always loved Larks, and begged earnestly 
that she might have this one, which the Fairy with 
a smile bestowed upon her. She only recommended 
her to take great care of him ; Mignionette readily 
promised this, and kept her promise with pleasure. 
The day of the Fairy's departure having arrived, 



20 FAIRY STORIES. 

she bade adieu to Mignionette. " Take care of the 
Lark," said she, " and do not let him get out of his 
cage, I shall be displeased with you if you do, and 
you will be very unhappy." So saying, Burned 
Almond mounted her car made of brown paper; her 
castle, her servants, her horses and her gardens 
flew away with her through the air, and Mignion- 
ette found herself sad and solitary in a little porce- 
lain house. The house to be sure was in itself 
charming, but when one feels sad, of what use is a 
fine house. The garden furnished every moment 
cherries, gooseberries, oranges, and every kind 01 
fruit which can be thought of, all ripe and ready to 
eat. The oven provided little cakes, biscuits, 
and maccaroons, and the pantry was filled with 
every kind of sweetmeats that can be imagined. 
So many good things might have consoled and 
amused her, but she saw the Lark who was so dear 
to her, all the time asleep in his cage. She went to 
see him every moment, without his giving the least 
sign of waking up. She secretly reproached the 
Fairy with having deprived her of this sweet con- 
solation. At last, having tried every means to 
waken him, she resolved to look at him- nearer, and 
see if she could not discover the mystery of the 
Fairy's conduct. 

It was not without trouble that she made up her 
mind to do this, and she felt the remorse and fear 
which is always suffered when a person does what 
they have been expressly forbidden to do. She 



MIGNIONETTE. 21 

opened the cage more than once, but she shut it 
again. Then she reproached herself with her tim- 
idity, and becoming more bold, she took the bird in 
her pretty little hand. But scarcely was he out of 
the cage, than he took flight and alighted on the 
edge of a window, which, to complete the evil, 
Mignionette had left open, so far had she been from 
foreseeing this accident. Filled with fear and sor- 
row she ran to retake him, but the Lark flying 
some distance into the garden, she jumped out of 
the window and followed him. The window was 
in the lower story, but so great was her alarm she 
would have done the same if it had been in the at- 
tic. She called after the bird in the most simple 
and touching manner. Meantime the Lark kept 
still on the wing ; at first she thought she was on 
the point of catching him. He advanced not only 
out of the enclosure round the house, but on, on, and 
after having passed over a great distance of country, 
he reached the edge of a great forest, which Mignion- 
ette perceived with deep sorrow, because she thought 
it would be impossible to find the bird again if he 
once got into the forest. She did not suffer from 
this anxiety long, for the Lark on which she had 
kept her eyes, became in a moment the prince whom 
she had been accustomed to see in her childhood. 
" What, is it you ?" cried she, " and do you fly 
away from me ?" " Yes, it is me, charming Mig- 
nionette, replied he, " but a supernatural power 
compelled me to fly from you." Mignionette in 
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22 FAIRY STORIES. 

transport forgot that she had disobeyed the Fairy, 
and thought all her troubles were over. 

As they did not know the way back to the house 
from which they had come, they entered the forest, 
where they amused themselves in picking hazlenuts 
and asking each other a thousand questions about 
what had happened since they had been separated. 
They perceived at a distance the house of a peas- 
ant, and they resolved to ask shelter there for the 
night. They soon reached it, but the prince, in 
order that Mignionette might not be exposed to any 
danger, said to her, " wait for me under this great 
tree, I will go and examine the house, and see what 
kind of people live in it." He then left Mignionette 
and went towards a good woman who was sweep- 
ing before her door. He asked her if she would 
receive them for the night, himself and Mignionette. 
The old woman said to him in reply, " You look to 
me like two disobedient children who are running 
away from your parents, and who do not deserve 
that any one should take pity upon you." Larkie 
blushed at first, but he said very civil things to the 
old lady, and offered to work and assist her. He 
besought her most earnestly to grant his request, 
as he feared that Mignionette should pass the night 
in the woods exposed to the wolves and bears of 
which he had heard. 

While he was doing all he could to move the 
heart of the old woman, the giant Wormwood, who 
was hunting boars in the forest, passed near where 



MIGNIONETTE. 23 

Mignionette stood waiting, he was the King or 
rather the tyrant of the country. He thought 
Mignionette charming, but he was surprised that 
she did not seem pleased to see him, and without 
making any remarks to her, he gave orders to his 
followers to take this little girl and put her under 
his arm. He was obeyed, and putting spurs to his 
horse he was soon on the road to his capital city. 
The cries of Mignionette could not soften him, and 
then how bitterly did she repent having been diso- 
bedient. But her repentance came too late. These 
same cries, though they did not soften the giant, 
reached the ears of Larkie and the old woman. 
He quitted her suddenly, and running to the spot 
where he had left Mignionette, what was his grief 
when he saw her under the arm of the giant. He 
was very sure that if he had been with her at the 
moment of this violence, he would have perished a 
thousand times rather than have allowed it. But 
Wormwood and his followers were soon out of 
sight, and without looking at any thing but the 
track of the horses, Larkie followed their steps. 
The light, which was almost gone, did not permit 
him to proceed much farther, and the darkness of 
the night plunged him into a state of grief, which 
he could not understand, and which he might not 
have been able to resist. But having seated him- 
self, he perceived at his side a little light, which he 
supposed at first to be a glow-worm and paid no 
attention to it. This light, however, grew larger 



24 FAIRY STORIES. 

and larger, and at last was large enough to enclose 
a woman dressed in brown, who said to him, " Lar- 
kie, do not give yourself up to despair, take this 
gourd and this little basket, you will find them al- 
ways rilled with what you want to eat and drink. 
Keep also this walnut wand, put it under your left 
foot, and pronounce my name three times when you 
want me, and I will come to your assistance. This 
dog who accompanies me will never quit you, you 
may want him. Farewell Larkie, I am the good 
Burned Almond." 

The Prince was in so much trouble that he had 
hardly felt the value of all these presents, but at 
hearing this name about which Mignionette had 
told him so much, he embraced the knees of the 
Fairy, saying to her, " Ah, madam, they are carry- 
ing ofT Mignionette, can you, can you think of any 
thing but offering her assistance ?" " I know what 
has happened to her," said the Fairy, " but she has 
disobeyed me, and I do not wish to hear any thing 
said about her, you. alone can help her." At these 
words the light was extinguished, and Larkie could 
discern nothing. In the midst of his grief, how- 
ever, he felt flattered at being the only one who 
could do any thing for Mignionette. Meantime a 
thousand sad ideas respecting what might be the 
fate of the poor girl, tormented him, and the caresses 
of his new dog were not able to dissipate his grief 
for a moment. The morning which he longed for 
with so much impatience at last arrived, and he 



MIGNIONETTE. 25 

kept on his way with so much ardor that he arrived 
the same evening at the Giant's city. Every body 
there was talking of the beauty of Mignionette, and 
of the love Wormwood felt for her. It was said 
that the King intended to marry her immediately, 
and people told what was then doing in the house 
of the new Queen, for folks are fond of adding to 
stories. 

This news pierced the heart of Larkie, and per- 
sons with whom he conversed seeing him with the 
little basket, said, " here is a fine shepherd, why does 
he not go to take care of the King's sheep, he needs 
such a person, and the place would without doubt 
be given to him if it were known he wanted such a 
one." 

Wormwood asked him some questions, and found 
he appeared capable, and as he made no difficulty 
as to what was to be paid him for his trouble, he 
was received as the King's shepherd, but as this 
office did not place him near the palace, he did not 
gain much by it. He only heard it said about the 
house that Wormwood was very sad because Mig- 
nionette did not love him. This news consoled 
him a little, but some days after as he was leading 
his flock, he saw a carriage go out of the palace 
yard at full speed, and in this carriage he saw 
Mignionette. The carriage was surrounded by 
twelve negroes on horseback, who had great sabres 
in their hands. 

" Where are you going," said Larkie, at the same 
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26 FAIRY STORIES. 

time showing them the iron of his crook. Mignion- 
ette seeing Larkie in such peril fainted away, and 
Larkie lost all consciousness. When he recov- 
ered his senses he had recourse to his wand, and 
Burned Almond immediately arrived. " Ah, mad- 
am," said he, " Mignionette is lost, perhaps she is 
no longer alive." "No," replied the Fairy. 
" Wormwood was displeased at the manner in which 
she answered him, and with the fidelity which she 
maintains towards you. He has caused her to be 
carried to the dark tower. You must find means to 
enter there, and I will assist you. Observe how- 
ever that as you have already been a bird, I cannot 
give you that form. For the rest I warn you that 
Mignionette will have a great deal to suffer, for this 
tower is a terrible prison, but she is treated as she 
deserved, why did she disobey me ?" Saying this 
she disappeared. 

The prince, or rather his dog, sadly led the sheep 
along the road which Mignionette's car had taken. 
It was not long before he perceived that gloomy 
tower. It was in the middle of a plain, and had 
neither door nor window. It could be entered by a 
road made under ground, the entrance to which 
was concealed in a neighboring mountain, and the 
secret of which Larkie did not know. 

Larkie was very fortunate to have a dog who 
knew so much, for he had every thing to do, as 
Larkie had all the time his eyes fixed upon the 
dark tower. The more he examined it, the more 



MIGNIONETTE. 27 

he was convinced of the impossibility of introducing* 
himself into it, but love, which can do every thing, 
furnished him at last with the means. After having 
regretted a thousand times his former state of a 
Lark, of which he had made no use except to fly 
poorly, he conjured the good Fairy Burned Almond 
to change him into a paper kite. She consented, 
and gave power to the dog to fulfill his wish. After 
having barked three times, the dog took the walnut 
wand between his teeth, and touching the prince, 
he became a kite, or ceased to be one, as he wished. 
Afterwards, by the help of the same dog, whose 
address and fidelity were extreme, he raised him- 
self and easily reached the top of the tower. What 
joy for him to find himself near Mignionette, to 
hear the assurances of her affection, and what 
pleasure he felt, for he still retained the power of 
speech, to be able to assure her of his gratitude to 
her for having refused a crown out of love to him. 
He would easily have forgotten that he could not 
always remain at the top of the tower, and that he 
must return and take care of his flock, if the dog, 
more attentive to his duty than he w T as himself, had 
not taken care to pull the cord when it was time for 
him to come down. 

When Larkie reached the ground, he resumed 
his own form and conducted his sheep to the King's 
palace, thinking only of the happy moments he had 
passed with Mignionette. Upon days when there 
was no wind to raise a kite, his grief would have 



28 FAIRY STORIES. 

been extreme had it not been for the consolation of 
thinking that Mignionette shared his disappoint- 
ment. They saw each other and conversed to- 
gether for some time in this way, but at last, as 
there are always people who meddle with what 
does not belong to them, others who wish to find 
out any thing they can, and still more who wish to 
make their court to great people, the kite was ob- 
served. It was seen to stop on the dark tower, and 
Wormwood was informed of it. He came immedi- 
ately out upon the plain, resolved to punish the 
rash adventurer who dared in this way to send let- 
ters to Mignionette, for he did not think of the kite 
being made use of for any thing else. Mignionette 
and Larkie were that moment having a very pleas- 
ant conversation, which was interrupted by the ra- 
pidity with which the faithful dog pulled down the 
prince. He did so because Wormwood came near 
him several times, calling out, " where is the shep- 
herd, where is the shepherd — I will kill him because 
he has not warned me of what is going on." And 
the dog, fearing with reason, that the giant, by 
taking the cord which he held in his teeth would 
do what he pleased with the prince, decided to let 
it go and abandon the kite to the power of the wind, 
which was that day very high. The kite fell at a 
distance of more than a league upon the mountain, 
and the dog had time to take care of the gourd and 
the little basket and wand belonging to his master, 
before Wormwood came near him. He succeeded 



MIGNIONETTE. 29 

in avoiding him, and observing the place where the 
prince had fallen, he joined him in a moment and 
caused him immediately to take his own form. 
They both hid themselves without any difficulty in 
the mountain, assisted by the night, which soon 
came on, while Wormwood, foaming with anger, was 
obliged to drive his sheep back to his palace him- 
self. To prevent any one from coming near Mig- 
nionette, he ordered all his courtiers out into the 
plain, directing them to keep watch day and night, 
and prevent any one from approaching the dark 
tower. Larkie saw all this from the mountain 
where he remained, and thinking only of some 
means of delivering Mignionette, he called again 
for the assistance of Burned Almond. But when 
the prince asked her to give him armies to contend 
against those of King Wormwood, she disappeared 
without saying any thing to him, leaving him only 
a bunch of rods and a large bag of sugar plums. 

It is very hard to take a joke, when it is in a 
matter about which a person is very much troubled, 
the prince however showed no ill humor at such a 
ridiculous present, but with that confidence which 
people formerly had in Fairies, and filled with that 
inspired by the love of his fair lady, he took the 
bag under his left arm, in his right hand his bunch 
of rods, and followed by his dog he marched boldly 
toward his enemies. As he approached them he 
saw that their height diminished, and that their 
ranks gave way. Surprised at this event, when he 



30 FAIRY STORIES. 

came within speaking distance he saw distinctly 
that all these great soldiers and moustached gren- 
adiers had become children of four years old. He 
cried out in a loud voice, " yield yourselves up im- 
mediately, or feel the rods." Then all the army 
turned before him and ran crying away. The dog, 
who followed, completed the disorder into which 
they were thrown. Larlrie offered sugar plums to 
all who came within his reach, they immediately 
became submissive to his orders, and determined to 
follow him every where. The example of these 
brought back several others who had taken flight, 
so that Wormwood had not only no army with 
which to defend himself, but Larkie found himself 
at the head of a formidable one, for all those who 
had joined him in good faith, immediately resumed 
their height and strength. 

Wormwood arrived at the close of the affair, in 
time to witness the loss of his army, and notwith- 
standing his great height and strength, at sight of 
Larkie he became not only a child like the rest, but 
a very small dwarf, with crooked legs, The prince 
made him a paper grenadier's cap, and a livery coat 
with hanging sleeves, and arrayed him in order to 
hold up Mignionette's train in her apartments. 
Larkie's first care, after this great victory, was to 
go immediately to the entrance of the dark tower, 
and deliver Mignionette. 

The anxiety she had felt for the fate of the kite, 
had caused her to fall into a fainting fit, from which 



MIGNIONETTE. 31 

she had not yet recovered, but the pleasure of being 
restored to liberty and of seeing her lover brought 
back to her in a moment, revived her, and she 
looked prettier than she had ever done before. 
Mignionette and Larkie began to converse after 
their arrival in the city, with that pleasure people 
feel after being relieved from great difficulties, 
when Burned Almond and Madam Grumbla arrived 
on different sides and each in her own carriage. 

These happy lovers expressed their gratitude, 
and begged them to decide their fate. Madam 
Grumbla replied, " for my part I declare that I have 
nothing to do with you, one would be a fool to 
trouble herself with such wares, and I for one shall 
do nothing for you, have I not done enough for 
your family? Did ever any one have so many re- 
lations as you have, 5 ' said she, taking Larkie aside. 

" Sister," said Burned Almond to her gently, 
" you know our agreement, only have the goodness 
to send after the King and Queen, and ask them to 
bring with them the Coalman, and I will take care 
of the rest." " That is to say," replied Madam 
Grumbla, " that I am the wedding carriage." " No, 
sister," replied Burned Almond, " but if you will 
not take this trouble, only have the goodness to say 
so, and I will go if it is necessary." 

Madam Grumbla, muttering all the time, "a 
pretty errand this, a dog's errand," ordered her 
wheelbarrow, which enlarged according to the ne- 
cessity of the case, to go and seek the King and 



32 FAIRY STORIES. 

Queen and the Coalman, and while Burned Almond 
was embracing and caressing these amiable child- 
ren, she fell to abusing Wormwood, whom she 
chanced to meet. She reproached him with ill 
humor and vanity, and told him he was now pun- 
ished for these and his other vices, and that every- 
body was laughing at him. She amused herself in 
this way till the King and Queen arrived, to whom 
she said, as they were alighting, " It is not I who 
have sent for you here, and I am very sorry to see 
you, for you will be more hard to get along 
with than you have ever been." Looking at 
the Coalman she said, " here is a pretty figure 
to be at a princess' wedding." He was not a 
man to be spoken to in this way without making 
an answer, but the good Fairy put an end to the 
conversation, by begging the company to enter the 
palace. She could not prevail on Madam Grumbla 
to stay where there was so much happiness, but 
muttering in a low tone several very disagreeable 
things, she remounted her carriage and quitted the 
company. 

Mignionette embraced a thousand times her dear 
papa, who had been supplied with every thing. 
The good Fairy had given him the porcelain house 
in which he had often received the King and Queen. 
They embraced their dear little Larkie, and con- 
sented to his marriage with Mignionette, agreeably 
to the proposal of Burned Almond. After having 
released the subjects of Wormwood from the alle- 



MIGNIONETTE. 



33 



giance they owed him, she made them take Larkie 
for their King, and by this means he found himself 
he sovereign of a large and nourishing kingdom, 
and the husband of the pretty Mignionette. 

So they lived in peace from morning to night. 
And never was seen so happy a sight, 
Till at last so handsome and good they had grown, 
That such beauty and virtue was never known. 
The early bird they named for the King, 
Who can fly so high and so loudly sing, 
And the sweetest flower of the garden, is yet 
Called by the Queen's name, Mignionette. 







34 



BLUE BIRD. 

There was once a King who had great riches in 
money and in lands, but his wife died and he was 
inconsolable. He shut himself up for eight whole 
days in his cabinet, where he beat his head against 
the walls, so great was his affliction. It was feared 
that he would kill himself. His people put mat- 
trasses between the tapestry and the walls, so that 
it was no longer of use to strike himself, for it gave 
him no pain. All his subjects agreed together to 
go and see him, and to say every thing to him they 
could to relieve his distress. Some prepared 
grave and serious discourses, others agreeable and 
even lively ones, but these made no impression on 
his mind, he scarcely heard what they said. Finally 
there presented herself before him a woman, so 
covered with black crape, veils and mantles, and 
long mourning habits, she wept and sighed so loudly 
and so violently that it excited his surprise. She 
told him that she would not undertake, like the oth- 
ers, to lessen his grief, that she came to increase it, 
because nothing was more proper than to weep for 
a good wife ; that for herself, who had had the best 
of husbands, she depended upon weeping for him 
as long as she had any eyes in her head. Saying 
this she redoubled her cries, and the king at her 
example began to lament. 

He received her better than the others who had 



BLUE BIRD. 35 

visited him, lie talked to her of the beautiful quali- 
ties of the dear departed, and she enlarged to him 
on the virtues of him whom she had lost ; they 
talked so much that they did not know what more 
to say about their grief. When the artful widow 
saw that the subject was nearly exhausted, she 
raised her veils a little, and the afflicted king re- 
lieved himself somewhat with the sight of the fair 
face of this poor afflicted one, who turned this way 
and that, very properly, her two great blue eyes, 
fringed with long black eyelashes. Her complexion 
too was far from pale. The King looked at her 
with much attention, by degrees he said less about 
his wife, and at last he did not speak of her at all. 
The widow said she wished always to weep for her 
husband, the King begged her not to allow her sor- 
row to become immortal. In conclusion every one 
was astonished that he married her, and that the 
black was changed into green and rose color. It is 
often sufficient to know the weak side of people to 
gain admittance to their hearts, and do what is de- 
sired there. 

The King had no children by his first marriage, 
except one daughter, who passed for the eighth 
wonder of the world. She was named Fiorina, 
because she resembled Flora, so fresh and young 
and fair was she. She was seldom seen in mag- 
nificent dresses, she preferred those made of light 
silks, with some little ornamental jewel, or perhaps 
a garland of flowers, which had an admirable effect 



36 FAIRY STORIES. 

when placed in her beautiful hair. She was only 
fifteen when the King married the second time. 

The new Queen sent for her daughter, for she 
too had one by her former marriage, who had been 
brought up by the Fairy Soussio, but she was nei- 
ther graceful nor beautiful. Soussio had tried to 
make her so, but without success, she nevertheless 
loved her dearly. She was called Troutina, for her 
face was spotted like a trout, her black hair was so 
coarse and ugly that no one would like to have 
touched it, and she was altogether disagreeable. 
The Queen however, was foolishly fond of her, and 
talked of nothing but the charming Troutina, and 
as Fiorina had every advantage over her, the Queen 
was in despair. She tried every means to make 
the King dislike his daughter ; there was not a day 
that the Queen and Troutina did not make some 
complaint of Fiorina. The princess, who was gen- 
tle and intelligent, endeavored to put herself out of 
the reach of this ill treatment. 

The King one day told the Queen that Fiorina 
and Troutina were old enough to be married, and 
that the first prince who came to the court he 
should make arrangements to give him one of them. 
" I intend," said the Queen, " that my daughter 
shall be established first, she is older than yours, 
and as she is a thousand times more amiable, there 
is no reason to hesitate." The King who did not 
love to dispute, told her that he was willing and 
that she might do as she pleased. 



BLUE BIRD. 37 

Some time after this it was announced that King 
Charming was soon to arrive. Never was there a 
more gallant and magnificent prince, his mind and 
person answered exactly to his name. When the 
Queen heard the news of his coming, she employed 
all the embroiderers, all the tailors, and all the work 
people in the kingdom to arrange the dresses of 
Troutina. She begged the King that Fiorina 
might have nothing new, and having gained over 
her women, she made them steal all her dresses, 
her ornaments and her jewels on the very day that 
Charming arrived, so that when she went to dress 
herself she did not find even a ribbon. She saw 
plainly who had been at work in this matter. She 
sent to the merchants for some stufTs, but they re- 
plied that the Queen had forbidden them to furnish 
her with any. She remained then with only one 
very mean little dress, and her mortification was so 
great that she stayed in the corner of the saloon, 
when prince Charming arrived. 

The Queen received him with great ceremony, 
and presented him her daughter, more brilliant than 
the sun in her dress, but looking more ugly than 
usual in consequence of the splendor of her orna- 
ments. The King turned away his eyes, the Queen 
wished to persuade herself that he was overpowered 
by her splendor, and that he feared to look upon 
her so that she kept always putting her before him. 
He asked if there was not another princess called 
Fiorina. " Yes," said Troutina, pointing her fin- 
4^ 



38 FAIRY STORIES. 

ger, " she is hiding herself there because she is not 
dressed." 

Fiorina blushed, and became so beautiful that 
King Charming stood like one in amazement. He 
rose immediately, and made a profound bow to the 
princess. " Madam," said he, " your incomparable 
beauty adorns you too much to make any foreign 
aid needed by you." 

" My Lord," said she, " I confess to you that I 
am not accustomed to wear so mean a dress as the 
one in which I now appear, and you will do me a 
favor not to take any notice of me." " It would be 
impossible," cried Charming, " that such a wonder- 
ful princess could be in any place, and one have 
eyes for any thing but her." 

" Ah," said the Queen, in a rage, " T am spending 
my time well in listening to you, believe me sir, 
Fiorina is already enough of a coquette, there is no 
need of saying such fine things to her." 

King Charming easily understood the cause of 
the Queen's speaking in this way, but as he could 
not restrain his emotions he allowed his admiration 
for Fiorina to appear, and talked to her three hours 
in succession. 

The Queen in despair and Troutina inconsolable 
at not being preferred to the princess, made great 
complaints to the King, and compelled him to con- 
sent that during the stay of King Charming Fiorina 
should be shut up in a tower where they could not 
see each other. In fact, as soon as she returned to 



BLUE BIRD. 39 

her chamber, four masked men carried her to the 
top of the tower and left her there in the greatest 
desolation, for she saw clearly that she was so 
treated to prevent her pleasing the King, who w T as 
very agreeable to her, and "whom she would have 
liked for a husband. 

As the latter did not know the violence which 
had been used with the princess, he awaited with a 
thousand impatiences the hour of seeing her again. 
He wished to speak of her to those whom the King 
had placed about him to do him honor, but by 
order of the Queen they said all the ill they could 
of her, pretended that she was coquetish, unequal, 
of bad humor, and that she tormented her friends 
and domestics, that she was very far from neat, and 
that she carried her avarice so far that she preferred 
to be dressed like a little shepherdess, than to buy 
rich stuffs with the money she received from the 
King, her father. 

Charming suffered sadly, and felt emotions of 
anger which he found it difficult to moderate. 
" No," said he to himself, " it is impossible that 
heaven has put such an ill-formed soul into this 
master-piece of nature. I confess that she was not 
properly dressed when I saw her, but the shame 
that she felt proved sufficiently that she is not ac- 
customed to see herself so. What, can she be 
wicked, with that enchanting air of modesty and 
gentleness ? It is not a thing which I can imagine, 
it is much more easy for me to believe that it is the 



40 FAIRY STORIES. 

Queen who decries her, she is not a mother-in-law 
for nothing, and the princess Troutina is such an 
ugly creature that it would not be extraordinary if 
she envied the most perfect of all beings. 

While he reasoned in this manner, the courtiers 
who were about him, divined from his manner, that 
they did not please him by speaking ill of Fiorina. 
There was one more artful than the rest, who, 
changing his tone and language to ascertain the 
feelings of the prince, began to speak wonders of 
the princess. At these words he awoke as from a 
profound sleep, he entered into conversation and 
joy spread over his face. Oh love, how hard it is 
to conceal it. 

The Queen, impatient to know if King Charming 
was much affected, sent to seek those that she had 
placed about him, and she spent the rest of the 
night in asking them questions. All they said 
confirmed her in the opinion which she had be- 
fore formed, that the King loved Fiorina. But 
how can the melancholy of that princess be des- 
cribed. She laid herself down upon the floor of 
the dungeon where the masked men had carried 
her. " I should be less to be pitied," said she, " if 
they had put me here before I had seen this amiable 
King, the idea I have of him only serves to aug-* 
ment my sorrows. I cannot but think it is to pre? 
vent me from ever seeing him again, that the Queen 
treats me in this manner. Alas, how dearly does 
the beauty heaven has bestowed on me, cost me." 



BLUE BIRD. 41 

She wept bitterly, so bitterly that her enemy herself 
would have pitied her if she had seen her grief. 

The night passed in this manner. The Queen, 
who desired to attach King Charming to her by all 
the marks she could give him of her attention, sent 
him dresses of an unparalleled richness and mag- 
nificence, made in the fashion of the country, and 
the order of the Knights of Love, which she had 
obliged the King to institute, the day of their nup- 
tials. It was a heart of gold enameled with fire 
color, and surrounded with numerous arrows, but 
pierced by one only, with this inscription. " One 
arrow alone wounds me." The Queen had caused 
to be cut for Charming a ruby heart as large as the 
egg of an ostrich, each arrow was a separate dia- 
mond, a finger long, and the chain to which the heart 
was attached, was made of pearls, the smallest of 
which weighed a pound. Finally, since the world 
was a world, nothing had ever appeared like it. 

The King, at sight of this was so much surprised 
that he remained for some time without speaking. 
They presented to him at the same time a book, the 
leaves of which were of parchment, with admirable 
miniature illustrations. The covers of gold loaded 
with precious stones, and the statutes of the order of 
the Knights of Love were written in it, in a very 
tender and gallant style. The King was told that the 
princess whom he had seen, wished him to be her 
Knight, and that she sent him this present. At 
these words, he dared to flatter himself that he was 



42 FAIRY STORIES. 

beloved. " What ! the beautiful princess Fiorina," 
cried he, " does she think of me in such a generous 
and engaging manner." " My Lord," was the an- 
swer, " you have mistaken the name, we come from 
the amiable Troutina." " Is it Troutina who would 
have me for her Knight," said the King, with a cold 
and serious air. " I am sorry I cannot accept this 
honor, but a sovereign is not sufficiently master of 
himself to take up all the obligations he would wish 
to. I know those of a Knight, and I should rather 
not receive the favors she offers me than render 
myself unworthy of them." He immediately re- 
placed the heart, the chain and the book in the 
basket from which he had taken them, and sent 
them all back to the Queen, who with her daughter 
was almost stifled with rage, at the scornful manner 
in which the foreign King had received such a pe- 
culiar favor. 

When he was allowed to visit the King and 
Queen, he went to their apartment, he hoped that 
Fiorina would be there. He looked on all sides to 
see her. As soon as he heard any one enter the 
apartment, he turned his head quickly toward the 
door, and seemed lost in uneasiness and chagrin. 
The malicious Queen imagined what was passing 
in his soul, but she took no notice of it. She spoke 
to him only of parties of pleasure, he answered her 
at cross purposes, finally he inquired where the 
princess Fiorina was. " My Lord," said the Queen 



BLUE BIRD. 43 

fiercely, " the King, her father, has forbidden her to 
leave her room until my daughter shall be married." 

11 And what reason," asked the King, " can there 
be for keeping this fair creature a prisoner ?" " I 
do not know," said the Queen, " and if I did I 
should beg to be excused from telling it to you." 
The King felt himself inconceivably angry, he looked 
at Troutina, and thought it was probably that little 
monster who was the cause of his not seeing the 
princess. He immediately left the Queen, he could 
not endure her presence. 

When he reached his own chamber, he told a 
young prince who was his companion and whom he 
loved very much, that he would give any thing in 
the world if he could gain over some one of the at- 
tendants of Princess Fiorina, so that he could speak 
to her for a moment. His companion easily found 
some of the ladies of the palace who entered into 
his wishes. There was one who assured him that 
the same evening Fiorina would be at a little lower 
window which looked out into the garden, and at 
which she could speak to him, provided he took 
great precautions not to be known, for added she, 
" the King and the Queen are so severe that they 
would kill me if they should discover that I had fa- 
vored the passion of King Charming." The prince, 
delighted that he had brought the affair to this 
point, promised all that she wished, and ran to make 
his court to the King, in announcing to him the 
hour of meeting. But the wicked confidante did 



44 FAIRY STORIES. 

not fail to go and tell the Queen all that was going 
on, and to take her orders. She immediately re- 
solved to send her own daughter to the little win- 
dow, she instructed her in what she was to do, and 
Troutina followed her directions exactly, though she 
was generally very stupid. 

The night was so dark that it would have been 
impossible for the King to perceive the trick which 
was played upon him, even if he had been less pre- 
pared than he was, so that he approached the win- 
dow with transports of inexpressible joy. He said 
to Troutina every thing he would have said to Fio- 
rina to persuade her of his passion. Troutina, 
profiting by the occasion, told him that she w r as the 
most unfortunate person in the world to have such 
a cruel mother-in-law, and that she should always 
suffer till her sister-in-law was married. The King 
assured her that if she would have him for a hus- 
band, he should be delighted to share with her his 
crown and his heart, and thereupon he drew his 
ring from his finger, and putting it on that of Trou- 
tina, he added that it was an eternal pledge of his 
faith, and that she had only to agree to go away 
with him immediately. Troutina answered as well 
as she could to his passion. He perceived that she 
talked rather foolishly, and it would have grieved 
him, but he supposed she was so fearful of being 
surprised by the Queen, that she hardly knew what 
she said. He did not leave her but on condition he 



BLUE BIRD. 45 

might return the next evening, which she promised 
with all her heart. 

The Queen having learned the success of this 
interview, promised every thing. And in fact the 
day having been agreed upon, the King came to 
take the princess in a flying chaise drawn by winged 
frogs, one of his friends, who was an enchanter, 
having lent it to him for the occasion. The night 
was very dark. Troutina went out mysteriously 
through a little door, and the King, who was await- 
ing her, received her in his arms and swore to her 
an hundred times eternal fidelity. But as he was 
not in a humor to fly a great distance in his winged 
chariot, without marrying his beloved princess, he 
asked her where she would have the marriage per- 
formed. She told him that her god-mother was a 
Fairy named Soussio, who was very celebrated, and 
that she would like to go to her castle. Though 
the King was not acquainted with the road leading 
there, he had only to tell his great frogs what he 
wanted ; they knew the general map of the universe, 
and in a very short time they brought the King and 
Troutina to the dwelling of Soussio. 

The castle was so well lighted that the King 
would have perceived his mistake at once, if the 
princess had not carefully covered herself with her 
veil. She asked for her god-mother, spoke to her 
in private, and told her how she had entrapped 
Charming, and prayed her to appease him. " Ha, 
my daughter," said the Fairy, " the thing is not 
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46 FAIRY STORIES. 

easy, he loves Fiorina too well, and I am certain 
that he will throw us into despair." Meantime the 
King was awaiting them in the hall, the walls of 
which were of diamonds, so clear and so pure that 
he saw through them Troutina and Soussio talking 
together. He fancied himself dreaming. " What," 
said he, "have I been betrayed, have demons 
brought here this enemy of my repose ? Does she 
come to trouble my marriage ? Does not my dear 
Fiorina appear, can her father have followed her ?" 
A thousand thoughts filled his mind, he was begin- 
ning to despair. But it was worse when they en- 
tered the saloon, and Soussio said to him in a tone 
of authority, " King Charming, here is the princess 
Troutina, to whom you have pledged your faith ? 
she is my god-daughter and I insist that you marry 
her immediately." " I," cried he, " I, shall I marry 
this little monster ? you must think me of a remark- 
ably easy temper when you make me such a prop- 
osition ; know that I have promised nothing to her ? 

if she says otherwise, she tells a " 

"Do not finish your speech," said Soussio, "and 
do not be so bold as to fail in respect to me." " I 
agree," said the prince, " to respect you as much as 
a Fairy deserves to be respected, provided you re- 
store my princess to me." " Am I not she, perjur- 
er ?" said Troutina, showing the ring. " Did you 
not give me this ring as a pledge of your faith ? 
To whom did you speak at the little window, if not 
to me ?" " How then," replied he, " have I been 



BLUE BIRD. 



47 



cheated and deceived ? But no, no I will not be 
duped. Come, come my frogs, my frogs, I shall 
depart instantly.' 5 

" Ho, that is a thing out of your power, if I do 
not consent to it," said Soussio. She touched him, 
and his feet were fastened to the floor, as if they 
had been nailed to it. " If you should stone me," 
said the King, " if you should flay me, I would 
marry no one but Fiorina, I am resolved on the 
matter, and you may use your power as you will." 
Soussio employed gentleness, threats, promises, 
prayers. Troutina wept, cried, was angry, and 
grew calm again. The King did not say a word, 
and regarding them both with the most indignant 
air, made no reply to all their declamation. 

Thus passed twenty days and twenty nights, dur- 
ing which time they did not cease to speak, without 
eating, without sleeping, without sitting down. 
Finally, Soussio exhausted and fatigued, said to the 
King, " Oh well, you are an obstinate fellow, who 
will not hear to reason ; choose either to suffer pen- 
ance for seven years, for having given your word 
and not having kept it, or marry my god-daughter." 
" Do with me what you will, provided I am deliv- 
ered from this ugly creature." " Ugly yourself," 
said Troutina angrily, " a pretty fellow you are with 
your marshy equipage, to come into my own coun- 
try and say uncivil things to me, and to break your 
word ! if you had four cents' worth of honor, would 
you use me thus ?" 



48 FAIRY STORIES. 

" These are touching reproaches," said the King, 
in a tone of mockery. " Do you see any thing 
wrong in not taking such a pretty person for a 
wife ?" " No no, she shall not be your wife," cried 
Soussio in a rage, " you have only to fly out of that 
window as soon as you please, for you will be a 
Blue Bird for seven years." 

At the same time the form of the King was 
changed, his arms were covered with feathers, and 
formed wings, his legs and his feet became black 
and slender, crooked claws grew out from his nails, 
his body decreased, he was all covered with delicate 
feathers of a celestial blue, his eyes grew round, 
and shone like suns, his nose was nothing but an 
ivory beak, a white bunch of feathers rose up over 
his head forming a crown, he sung deliciously, and 
spoke as well. In this condition he uttered a griev- 
ous cry, to see himself so metamorphosed, and he 
flew as fast as he could to escape from the sad pal- 
ace of Soussio. 

Overcome by melancholy he flitted from branch 
to branch of the trees, and chose those only which 
were consecrated to love and sadness, sometimes on 
myrtles, then on cypresses, he sung the most plain- 
tive airs, in which he deplored his cruel fate and 
that of the princess Fiorina. u In what place have 
her enemies hidden her," said he, " what has be- 
come of that fair victim ? Does the barbarity of the 
Queen still allow her to breathe? When shall I 
seek her? Am I condemned to pass seven years 



BLUE BIRD. 49 

without her ? Perhaps in that time they will marry 
her, and I shall lose forever the hope which sustains 
my life. These different thoughts afflicted Blue 
Bird to such a degree, that he longed for death to 
relieve him from his misery. 

The Fairy Soussio sent back Troutina to the 
Queen, who was very anxious to know how the 
wedding was celebrated. But when she saw her 
daughter, and she told her all that had happened, she 
fell into a terrible rage, which turned upon poor 
Fiorina. " She shall repent more than once," said 
she, "having been able to please King Charming.' , 
She mounted into the tower with Troutina, whom 
she had dressed in her richest clothes ; she wore a 
crown of diamonds on her head, and the daughters 
of three rich barons bore the train of her royal man- 
tle, she had on her thumb King Charming's ring, 
which Fiorina had observed the day she conversed 
with him. Fiorina was greatly surprised to see Trou- 
tina in so grand apparel. " Here is my daughter, 
who has come to bring you a wedding present," said 
the Queen. " King Charming has married her, he 
loves her to folly, there never was a happier couple." 

Immediately they displayed before the princess 
stuffs of gold and silver, precious stones, laces, rib- 
bons, all placed in baskets, fillagreed with gold. 
In displaying all these things Troutina did not fail 
to put forth the King's ring, so that princess Fiorina 
could not doubt the truth of what she said. She 
cried out in despair, and begged them to take out 
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50 FAIRY STORIES. 

of her sight all these sad presents, that she wished 
to wear nothing but black, indeed that she would 
prefer death to any thing. She fainted, and the 
cruel Queen delighted at having succeeded so well, 
would not allow any one to assist the princess, but 
left her alone in the most deplorable state, and went 
maliciously to tell the King that the princess was so 
in love that nothing could be equal to the extrava- 
gances that she committed, and that care must be 
taken that she should not leave the tower. The 
King told her that she might manage the matter as 
she pleased, and that he should be satisfied with 
any thing. 

When the princess recovered from her fainting 
fit, and reflected on the treatment she had received, 
on the ill usage her unworthy mother-in-law had 
bestowed upon her, and the hope she had forever 
lost of becoming the wife of King Charming, her 
grief became so severe that she wept all night. In 
this state she placed herself at her window, where 
she uttered the most tender and touching regrets. 
When the day approached, she closed the window 
and continued to weep. 

The following night she opened the window 
again, and the deepest sighs and sobs rent her bo- 
som, she shed torrents of tears ; the day came and 
she hid herself in her chamber. Meantime King 
Charming, or we had better say the beautiful Blue 
Bird, did not cease to fly about the palace ; he sup- 
posed his dear princess must be shut up there, and 



BLUE BIRD. 51 

if she made sad complaints, his were not less so. 
He approached the windows as much as he could, 
that he might look into the chambers. But fears 
that Troutina would perceive him and suspect who 
he was, prevented him from doing it as much as he 
would. " My life is at an end," said he, " if these 
wicked princesses discover where I am, they will 
revenge themselves, I must keep at a distance, or I 
shall be exposed to the greatest danger." These 
reasons obliged him to be very cautious, and he 
usually sung only in the night. 

There was opposite the window where Fiorina 
placed herself, a cypress tree of prodigious height. 
Blue Bird came and perched upon it. He was scarcely 
there when he heard some one complaining. " How 
long shall I suffer thus," said she. " Will not death 
come to my succor ? Those who dread it see it but 
too soon ; I desire it, and ah, cruel, it flies from me. 
Barbarous Queen, what have I done that you should 
hold me in such a dreadful captivity ? Have you 
not other means to render me unhappy ? You have 
only to make me witness of the happiness your un- 
worthy daughter enjoys with King Charming." 
Blue Bird did not lose a word of this complaint. 
He was much surprised at it, and awaited with 
great impatience the dawn of day, that he might see 
the afflicted lady. But before day dawned she had 
closed the window and retired. 

The curious Bird did not fail to return the fol- 
lowing night. It was bright moonlight — he saw a 



52 FAIRY STORIES. 

young lady at the window of the tower, who was 
beginning her regrets. " Fortune," said she, " you 
who flattered me with the hope of reigning, you 
who once gave me a father's love, what have I done 
that you should plunge me suddenly into the deep- 
est sorrow?" Blue Bird listened, and the more he 
listened the more persuaded he was that it was his 
amiable princess who was moaning so sadly. He 
said to her, " Adorable Fiorina, wonder of our 
age, why should you desire to end your life ? Your 
sorrows are not without remedy." " Ah, who 
speaks to me in such a consoling manner ?" cried 
she. " An unfortunate King," replied the Bird, 
" who loves you and who will never love any one 
beside you." "A King who loves me," added she, 
"Is this a snare laid for me by my enemy? But 
what can she gain by it. If she seeks to know my 
feelings, I am ready to discover them. I am ready 
to make the avowal of them." 

" No, my princess," replied he, " the lover who 
speaks to you is not capable of betraying you." 
Saying these words he flew upon the window. 
Fiorina at first was much alarmed at such an extra- 
ordinary Bird, who spoke with as much spirit as if 
he had been a man, though he still preserved his 
nightingale voice, but the beauty of his plumage 
and what he said encouraged her. " Do I see you 
again, my princess," cried he. " Can I taste such 
perfect happiness without dying with joy? But 
alas, how is this joy troubled by your captivity, and 



BLUE BIRD. 53 

the state to which the wicked Soussio has reduced 
me for seven years ?" " And who are you, charm- 
ing bird ?" said the princess, caressing him. " You 
have spoken my name," replied the King, "and 
you feign not to know me. " What, the greatest 
King in the world, King Charming," said the 
princess, " can this be the little Bird I hold in 
my hand ?" " Alas, fair Fiorina, it is but too true," 
replied he, " and if any thing could console me, it 
is that I preferred this penance to that of renouncing 
my passion for you." "For me," said Fiorina, 
" ah, do not seek to deceive me. I know, I know 
you are married to Troutina, I saw your ring on her 
finger. I have seen her all brilliant with the dia- 
monds you have given her. She has come to insult 
me in my gloomy prison, loaded with a rich crown 
and a royal mantle which she had received from 
you, while I was here imprisoned in solitude." 

" Have you seen Troutina in this dress ?" inter- 
rupted the King, " have her mother and she dared 
to tell you that those jewels came from me ? Oh 
heaven, is it possible that I hear such dreadful 
falsehoods, and that I cannot avenge myself as I 
would ! Know that they have intended to deceive 
you, that by feigning your name they induced me 
to carry off this ugly Troutina. But as soon as I 
knew my error I determined to abandon her, and I 
finally chose to be a Blue Bird for seven years, 
rather than fail of the fidelity I have vowed to you." 

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54 FAIRY STORIES. 

conversation of her amiable lover, that she forgot 
the horrors of her prison. What did she not say to 
console him for his sad adventure, and to persuade 
him that she would do no less for him than he had 
done for her. The day appeared, most of the offi- 
cers of the court had arisen, and Blue Bird and the 
princess were still talking together. They sepa- 
rated with a thousand griefs, after having promised 
that every night they would converse together. 

Their joy at having fouud each other was so ex- 
treme, that there are no terms capable of expressing 
it, each of them thanked love and fortune. Mean- 
time Fiorina was uneasy for Blue Bird ; " who will 
protect him from sportsmen," said she, " or from the 
sharp claw of some eagle, or famished vulture, who 
will devour him with as much appetite as if he 
were not a great King ? Oh heaven, what would 
become of me if his light and delicate feathers, 
brought by the wind, should reach my prison, an- 
nouncing to me the disaster that I dread. This 
thought prevented the poor princess from closing her 
eyes, for when one loves, illusions appear like truth, 
and what at another time seems impossible, then ap- 
pears easy. She passed the day in weeping, till 
the hour came when she could place herself at the 
window. 

The Charming Bird, hidden in the hollow of a 
tree, had been all day occupied in thinking of his 
fair princess. " How happy I am," said he, " to 
have found her again, how engaging she is, how 
much I feel the kindness she has shown me." The 



BLUE BIRD. 55 

tender lover counted to the last moments, the pen- 
ance which prevented his marrying her, and never 
had he so anxiously desired the end of it. As he 
wished to pay Fiorina every attention in his power, 
he flew to the capital city of his kingdom, he went 
to his palace, he entered his cabinet through a bro- 
ken pane of glass, he took some diamond earrings 
so perfect and so beautiful that there was never any 
thing in the world that came near them in beauty. 
He brought them the same evening to Fiorina, and 
begged her to wear them. " I would consent to do 
so," said she, " if you saw me in the day time, but 
since I only speak to you at night I will not put 
them on. Blue Bird promised to come to the tower 
whenever she wished. She immediately put them 
on and they passed the night in talking together. 

The next day Blue Bird returned to his kingdom, 
he went to his palace, entered his cabinet by the 
broken pane and brought thence the richest brace- 
lets that were ever seen. They were of a single 
emerald, cut in facits, hollowed in the middle, to 
pass the arm through. " Do you think," said the 
princess, " that my sentiments for you need to be 
cultivated by presents ? Ah, you do not know me." 
" No, madam," replied he, "I do not imagine the 
trifles I offer you are necessary to preserve your 
tenderness for me, but mine would suffer if I neg- 
lected any occasion to show you attention, and 
when you do not see me, these little jewels will 
recall me to your mind." Fiorina said a thousand 



56 FAIRY STORIES. 

agreeable things to him on this occasion, to which 
he answered by a thousand others not less so. 

The following night the affectionate Bird did not 
fail to bring his fair one a watch of a reasonable 
size, which was in a single pearl. The excellence 
of the workmanship surpassed even the material. 
" It is of no use," said she, " to regale me with a 
watch. When you are separated from me the hours 
are endless, when you are with me they pass like a 
dream, so I cannot give them a just measure." 
" Alas, my princess," cried Blue Bird, " I have the 
same opinion as you have, and I am persuaded I 
feel what you describe even more deeply than you 
do." "After what you have suffered, to preserve 
your heart for me," replied she, u I can believe that 
you have carried love and friendship as far as is 
possible for them to go." 

As soon as day appeared, the Bird flew into the 
hollow of his tree, where fruits served him for nour- 
ishment, sometimes he sung beautiful airs, and his 
voice ravished the passers by, they heard him but 
saw no one, and concluded that it must be spirits. 
This opinion became so common that people were 
afraid to enter the wood, a thousand fabulous stories 
were told a's having occurred there, and the general 
terror added to the security of the Blue Bird. 

No day passed without his making some present 
to Fiorina, sometimes a necklace of pearls, or the 
most brilliant and most beautiful set rings, diamond 
clasps, pins, boquets of jewels imitating the color of 




BLUE BIRD. 57 

flowers, medals, in fine she had a mass of wonder- 
ful riches. She never wore them except at night, 
to please the King, and in the day time having no 
where to put them, she hid them carefully in her 
straw bed. 

Two years passed in this way, and Fiorina did 
not once complain of her captivity. And why 
should she complain ? She had the satisfaction of 
conversing every night with her best beloved. 
There was never so many pretty things said. 
Though she saw no one, and the Bird passed the 
day in the hollow of the tree, they had a thousand 
novelties to relate, the subject was inexhaustible. 
Their hearts and minds furnished abundant subjects 
of conversation. Meantime the malicious Queen, 
who kept her so cruelly in prison, made useless 
efforts to marry Troutina. She sent ambassadors 
to propose to every prince whose name she knew. 
As soon as they arrived, they were immediately 
dismissed. " If the princess Fiorina were in ques- 
tion, you would be received with joy," said they to 
them, " but for Troutina, she may remain unmarried 
as long as she pleases." At hearing this, the Queen 
and Troutina were filled with anger towards the 
innocent princess w T hom they persecuted. " What, 
notwithstanding her captivity does this arrogant 
creature oppose our plans ? She must have secret 
correspondents in foreign countries, she. is the same 
as a criminal of state, we will treat her as such, 
and seek every possible means to convict her." 
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FAIRY STORIES. 



They finished their consultation so late that it 
was almost midnight, when they resolved to ascend 
the tower and question her. She was at the win- 
dow with Blue Bird, dressed in her jewels, her hair 
carefully arranged in a manner which is not usual 
with persons in affliction. Her chamber and he r 
bed were strewed with flowers, and some Spanish 
pastilles she had just been burning spread about a 
delicious odor. The Queen listened at the door, 
and thought she heard a duet sung in two parts, for 
Fiorina had an almost celestial voice. Here are 
the words, which seemed to her tender. 

"Ah how cruel is our fate, 

What sad torments waste our youth. 

But vain are all the snares of hate, 
Nothing shakes our love and truth. 

Spite of all our foes have done, 

Our two fond hearts are ever one." 

Some sighs finished their little concert. 

" Ah, my Troutina, we are betrayed," cried the 
queen, opening the door suddenly, and throwing 
herself into the chamber. What became of Fio- 
rina at sight of her. She quickly opened her little 
window to give the royal bird time to fly away. 
She was much more occupied with his preservation 
than her own. But he did not feel the necessity of 
going away, his piercing eyes had discovered the 
danger to which the princess was exposed. He had 
seen the Queen and Troutina. What was his afflic- 
tion at not being in a state to defend his mistress. 



BLUE BIRD. 59 

They approached as if they would have devoured 
her. " Your intrigues against the state are known," 
cried the Queen, " do not think that your rank 
saves you from the punishment you deserve." "And 
with you Madam," replied the princess, " have you 
not been my jailer for two years ? Have I seen 
any persons except those you have sent here ?" 
While she spoke, the Queen and her daughter 
examined her with a surprise which was unparal- 
leled ; her admirable beauty and astonishing dress 
dazzled them. 

" And where Madam," said the Queen, " do you 
get these jewels which shine like the sun ? Will 
you make us believe there are mines in this tower ?" 
" I found them here," replied Fiorina, " it is all I 
know about it." The Queen looked at her atten- 
tively, to penetrate to the bottom of her heart, and 
find what was passing there. 

" We are not your dupes," said she, " you think 
to make us believe you, but princess, we know what 
you are doing from morning to night. These 
jewels have been given you, with the view of in- 
ducing you to sell your father's kingdom." * I 
should, to be sure, have it in my power to deliver it 
up," replied the princess, with a disdainful smile, 
" I, an unfortunate princess who have so long been 
languishing in confinement, how could I form a 
plot of this kind ?" 

* And for whom," replied the Queen, " are you 
dressed like a little coquette, your chamber filled 



60 FAIRY STORIES. 

with odors, and your whole appearance so magnifi- 
cent, that you would be considered dressed even in 
a court ?" 

" I have leisure," said the princess, u and it is 
not extraordinary, that I take some moments to 
dress myself; I have passed many others in weep- 
ing for my misfortunes, and surely I need not be 
reproached for indulging in this recreation." " Come, 
come, let us see," said the Queen, " if this inno- 
cent person has not some treaty made with our ene- 
mies." She looked every where, and coming to 
the straw bed, which she caused to be opened, she 
found there such a great quantity of diamonds, 
pearls, rubies, emeralds, and topazes, that she could 
riot imagine where they had come from. She had 
resolved to put in some place such papers as would 
cause the ruin of the princess ; and when the latter 
was not observing her, she hid them in the chim- 
ney ; but fortunately the Blue Bird was perched at 
the top, and he seeing better than a lynx, and hear- 
ing every thing, cried out, " Take care, Fiorina, 
here is your enemy, who wishes to betray you." 
This voice, so little expected, alarmed the Queen 
so much, that she dared not do what she had medi- 
tated. " You see, Madam," said the Princess, 
" that the spirits who fly in the air, are favorable to 
me." 

" I believe," said the Queen, out of her wits 
with anger, " that the demons act in your favor, but 
notwithstanding them, your father will know how 



BLUE BIRD. bl 

to do you justice." " Would to heaven," cried 
Fiorina, " I had nothing to fear but the anger of 
my father; yours, Madam, is much more terrible." 

The Queen quitted her, troubled at all she had 
seen and heard; she held a council, as to what she 
should do with the Princess. They told her, that if 
any Fairy or Enchanter had taken her under their 
protection, the true secret to irritate them would be to 
make her suffer some new penance, and that it 
would be best to endeavor to discover her intrigue. 
The Queen approved this idea. She sent a young 
girl to sleep in her chamber, who pretended to be 
simple, and who had orders to say she was placed 
there to wait upon her. But how could she fall 
into such an open snare. The Princess considered 
her as a spy, and her grief was as violent as can be 
imagined. " What ! shall I no more be able to speak 
to the Bird who is so dear to me ? He helped me 
to bear my misfortunes, I relieved his sorrows, our 
tenderness was enough for us. What will he do ? 
What shall I do ?" As she thought of these things, 
she shed rivers of tears. 

She dared no longer to place herself at the little 
window, though she heard him flying about, and 
she was dying with desire to open it ; but she 
feared to expose the life of her dear lover. She 
passed a whole month without his seeing her. 
Blue Bird was in despair ; what complaints did he 
not make ? How could he live without seeing his 
Princess ? He had never felt so deeply the evils of 
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62 FAIRY STORIES. 

absence, and of his metamorphosis ; in vain he 
sought for remedies to both ; after having racked 
his brain he found no relief. 

The spy of the Princess who had watched day 
and night for a whole month, felt herself so over- 
come by drowsiness, that she at last slept pro- 
foundly. Fiorina perceived it, she opened the little 
window and said, 

" Blue Bird, thou of Time's own hue. 
Haste thee to thy mistress true." 

These were her own words, of which we are un- 
willing to change a single syllable. Blue Bird 
heard them so well, that he came promptly to the 
window. What joy to see each other again. How 
many things they had to say to each other. Tender 
words and protestations of their fidelity were re- 
newed, a thousand and a thousand times ; the Prin- 
cess not being able to restrain her tears, her lover 
was much softened, and consoled her as well as he 
could. Finally the hour for parting had come, the 
jailer had not waked, and they bade each other 
adieu, in the most touching manner. The next day 
the spy fell asleep again, and the Princess immedi- 
ately placed herself at the window, and said as 
before, 

" Blue Bird, thou of Time's own hue, 
Haste thee to thy mistress true." 

Immediately the Bird came, and the night passed 
like the other, without noise or disturbance, at 
which our lovers were delighted. They flattered 



BLUE BIRD. 63 

themselves that the spy over them took so much 
pleasure in sleeping, that she would do the same 
every night. In fact the third also passed happily, 
but on the following one, the sleeper having heard 
some noise, she listened, without pretending to 
hear, and looking as well as she could, she saw by 
the light of the moon, the most beautiful bird in the 
universe, talking to the Princess, who caressed him, 
and finally she overheard several things in their 
conversation, which astonished her greatly ; for the 
bird spoke like a lover; and the beautiful Fiorina 
answered him tenderly. 

The day appeared, they bade each other adieu, 
and as if they had a presentiment of their approach- 
ing misfortunes, they quitted each other with ex- 
treme regret. The Princess threw herself on her 
bed, all bathed in tears, and the King returned to 
the hollow of his tree. Her jailer ran to the Queen 
and told her all she had seen and heard. The 
Queen sent for Troutina and her confidants ; they 
talked a long time together, and concluded that the 
Blue Bird was King Charming, " What an affront," 
cried the Queen, " what an affront, my Trontina ! 
This insolent Princess whom I thought so unhappy, 
enjoys in repose agreeable conversations with that 
ungrateful man, — Ah, I will revenge myself in such 
a bloody manner, that it shall be spoken of." Trou- 
tina begged her not to lose a moment, and as she 
thought herself more interested in the affair than 
the Queen, she was dying with joy when she 



64 FAIRY STORIES. 

thought of all they would do to distress the lover 
and his mistress. 

The Queen sent the spy back to the tower, and 
ordered her not to show any signs of suspicion, or 
curiosity ; and to appear more sleepy than usual. 
She went to bed early, she snored her loudest, and 
the poor Princess deceived, opened the little win- 
dow and cried, 

" Blue Bird, thou of Time's own hue. 
Haste thee to thy mistress true." 

But she called in vain all night ; he did not appear, 
for the wicked Queen had caused swords, knives, 
razors and poignards to be fastened to the Cypress 
tree, and when Blue Bird came to fly out, some of 
these murderous weapons cut his feet, others 
wounded his wings, and finally, all pierced, he 
saved himself with much trouble in his tree, leav- 
ing a long track of blood behind him. 

Why were you not there fair Princess to relieve 
the royal Bird ? But she would have died if she 
had seen him in that deplorable state. He did not 
wish to take any care of his life, persuaded that it 
was Fiorina who had played him this trick. " Ah, 
barbarous woman," cried he sadly, " is it thus you 
repay the purest and most tender passion which 
was ever felt. If you wished my death, why did 
you not demand it yourself, it would have been 
dear to me from your hand. You have borrowed 
the hand of Troutina to destroy me." These sad 
ideas overcame him so much, that he resolved to 
die. 



BLUE BIRD. 65 

But his friend the Enchanter, who had seen the 
flying frogs return home with the chariot, and that 
the King did not appear, was troubled to know 
what could have happened, and he went round the 
world eight times to seek him, without being able 
to find him. He was making his ninth tour when 
he passed the wood where the King was ; and, ac- 
cording to the rules which he had prescribed to 
himself, he sounded his horn a long time, and then 
he cried five times with all his might, " King 
Charming, King Charming, where are you ?-" The 
King recognized the voice of his best friend, — " ap- 
proach this tree," said he, " and see the unfortunate 
King whom you love, drowned in blood. " The 
Enchanter, filled with surprise, looked on all sides, 
without seeing any thing. " I am Blue Bird," said 
the King, in a weak and languishing voice. At 
these words the Enchanter found him without 
trouble in his little nest. Any one but he would 
have been more astonished than he was ; but he 
was ignorant of none of the arts of necromancy. 
It cost him only a few words to stop the blood 
which was still flowing, and with some herbs he 
found in the wood, and a few words of magic, he 
healed the King as perfectly as if he had never been 
wounded. 

He begged him to inform him by what adventure 
he had become a bird, and who had wounded him 
so cruelly. The King relieved his curiosity; he 
told him that it was Fiorina, who had revealed the 



66 FAIRY STORIES. 

mystery of the secret visits he had paid her, and 
that to make her peace with the Queen, she had 
concerted to have the cypress tree covered with poig- 
nards and razors, hy which he had been almost cut 
to pieces. He cried out a thousand times against 
the infidelity of the Princess, and said that he 
should be but too happy to die, now that she had 
proved herself to have so wicked a heart. The 
magician declaimed against her, and all women, 
and advised the King to forget her. " What would 
be your misfortune," said he, " if you were capable 
of loving any longer such an ungrateful being. 
After what she has done to you, you have every 
thing to fear." 

Blue Bird could not agree with him entirely, he 
still loved Fiorina too dearly, and the Enchanter 
who knew his sentiments, notwithstanding the care 
he took to hide them, endeavored to console him as 
well as he could, and told him that it was in vain to 
grieve for the future, and that it was best to wait 
and see what time would reveal. 

The royal bird agreed with his friend, and begged 
him to take him home, and put him in a cage 
where he should be safe from the claws of the cat, 
and all murderous weapons. " But," said the En- 
chanter, " will you remain five years longer in 
such a deplorable condition, so little suitable to 
your affairs and your dignity. For finally you have 
enemies who maintain that you are dead, they 
wish to invade your kingdom. I have my fears that 



BLUE BIRD. 67 

it will be lost to you before you have recovered 
your original form." " Could I not," replied he, 
" go to my palace and govern all, as I have ordina- 
rily done ?" 

" Oh," cried his friend, " the thing is difficult, — 
those who are willing to obey a man, are not willing 
to submit to a parrot; those who fear you as a 
King, all surrounded with pomp and grandeur, 
would pluck out all your feathers, seeing you but a 
little bird." " Oh, human weakness, brilliant out- 
side," cried the King, " yet it signifies nothing 
without merit and virtue." 

Fiorina, the sad Fiorina, in despair at not seeing 
the King any more, passed days and nights at her 
window, repeating incessantly, 

" Blue Bird, thou of Time's own hue. 
Hasten to thy mistress true." 

The presence of her spy even did not prevent her, 
her despair was such that she took no precaution, — 
" What has become of you King Charming," cried 
she. "Have our common enemies made you feel 
the cruel effects of their rage ? Have you been sac- 
rificed to their fury ? Must I see you no more, or 
weary with my misfortunes, have you abandoned 
me to the severity of my fate ?" How many tears 
and sighs followed these complaints ; how long had 
the hours become, in the absence of so dear and 
amiable a lover? The Princess worn out, ill, 
meagre and altered, could scarcely stand. She was 



68 FAIRY STORIES. 

persuaded that the worst possible event had hap- 
pened to the King. 

The Queen and Troutina triumphed, vengeance 
gave them more pleasure than the offence had given 
them pain. And in fact what was the offence ? 
King Charming had not wished to marry a little 
monster, whom he had a thousand reasons to detest. 
Meantime the father of Fiorina had become old, 
and he fell ill and died. The fortune of the wicked 
Queen and her daughter changed. They were re- 
garded as favorites, who had abused their favor. 
The people mutinied, ran to the palace, and de- 
manded the Princess Fiorina, who they acknowl- 
edged as their sovereign. The Queen enraged, 
attempted to treat the affair with disdain. She ap- 
peared on the balcony, and threatened the muti- 
neers. But the sedition became general, the doors 
of her apartment were broken open, it was pillaged, 
and she was stoned. Troutina fled to her god-mo- 
ther, the Fairy Soussio ; she was in no less danger 
than her mother. 

The great men of the kingdom assembled 
promptly, and ascended the tower, where the Prin- 
cess was very ill. She was ignorant of the death 
of her father, and the punishment of her enemy. 
When she heard the noise, she did not doubt but 
they were coming to take her to her death ; she was 
not alarmed. Life was odious to her since she had 
lost Blue Bird. But her subjects threw themselves at 
her feet, and acquainted her with the change which 



BLUE BIRD. 69 

had taken place in her fortune. They carried her 
to her palace, and crowned her. 

The infinite care that was taken of her health, 
and the desire she had to go and seek Blue Bird, 
contributed much to re-establish her ; and soon gave 
her strength enough to appoint a council to take 
care of her kingdom in her absence. She took 
some millions in jewels with her, and set out one 
night alone, without any one knowing where she 
was going. 

The Enchanter, who took care of the affairs of 
King Charming, not having power sufficient to de- 
stroy what Soussio had done ; concluded to go and 
find her, and propose to her some accommodation, 
in favor of which she would restore the King to his 
natural form. He took the frogs, and flew to the 
dwelling of the Fairy, who was at that moment 
talking with Troutina. Between an Enchanter and 
a Fairy, there is little ceremony ; they had known 
each other for five or six hundred years ; and dur- 
ing this time they had quarreled and made up a 
thousand times. She received him very pleasantly, 
" What does my comrade wish," said she, (this was 
their usual manner of speaking to each other), "is 
there any thing to serve him which depends on 
me?" "Yes, my friend," said the magician, " you 
can do every thing for my satisfaction, one of my 
best friends is concerned in it, a king whom you 
have rendered unhappy." " Ha, ha, I understand 
you, comrade," cried Soussio, " I am sorry for it, 
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70 " FAIRY STORIES. 

but he can hope for no favor, if he will not marry 
my god-daughter, there she stands, fair and fine, as 
you see her, let him take council." 

The Enchanter was struck dumb, so ugly did she 
seem to him ; meantime he could not resolve to go 
away without making some arrangement, because 
the King had been in danger a thousand times 
since he had been in the cage. The nail on which 
it had hung had broken, the cage fell down, and his 
feathered majesty suffered much from the fall. 
Minette who was in the room when the accident 
happened, gave him a stroke with her paw, in his 
eye, which caused fears that he would lose the 
sight of it. Another time they had forgotten to give 
him water, and he came very near having the pip, 
when he was fortunately saved by having his foun- 
tain filled. A little rogue of a monkey having es- 
caped, caught at his feathers through the bars of 
the cage, and he would have spared him no sooner 
than he would have done a jay, or a lark. Worst 
of all, he was on the point of losing his kingdom, 
the heirs every day told new falsehoods to prove 
that he was dead. Finally, the Enchanter agreed 
with his comrade, Soussio, that she should carry 
Troutina to King Charming's palace, that she 
should stay there some months, during which they 
should make preparations for marrying each other ; 
and that he should be restored to his own form on 
condition of taking again that of a bird, if he refused 
to take Troutina finally for his wife. 



BLUE BIRD. 71 

The Fairy gave Troutina clothes of gold and sil- 
ver, then she mounted her behind her on a dragon, 
and they went to the kingdom of King Charming, 
who had just arrived there with his faithful friend 
the Enchanter. With three strokes of the wand, 
he saw himself the same as he had been before, 
handsome, intellectual and magnificent. But he 
bought very dearly the time which his penance was 
shortened. The thought alone of marrying Trou- 
tina, made him shudder. The Enchanter gave him 
the best reasons he could, but they made but little 
impression upon his mind ; and he was less occu- 
pied with the care of his kingdom, than with the 
means of prolonging the term which Soussio had 
given him to make up his mind to marry Troutina, 

Meantime Queen Fiorina, disguised in the dress 
of a peasant, her face hidden by her thick and tan- 
gled hair, a straw hat on her head, a cloth bag over 
her shoulder, began her journey, sometimes on foot, 
sometimes on horseback, sometimes by sea, some- 
times by land. She made all haste possible ; but 
she did not know which way to direct her steps, 
she feared always to turn on one side, lest her 
amiable King should be on the other. One day 
she stopped on the border of a fountain ; the silver 
waters of which bubbled over the little stones ; she 
seated herself on the grass, tied her fair locks with 
a ribbon, and bathed her feet in the water. She 
resembled Diana bathing, on her return from the 
chase. 



72 FAIRY STORIES. 

Just at that time, there came along a little old 
woman, all crooked, leaning on a staff; she stopped 
and said to her, " What are you doing there, my 
pretty girl, you are very lonely ?" " My good mo- 
ther," said the Queen, " I do not need company, for 
I have my griefs with me, my uneasiness, and sor- 
rows." At these words, her eyes filled with tears; 
" What! so young as you are ; and do you weep ? " 
said the good woman. " Ah, my daughter, do not 
afflict yourself, — tell me sincerely what is the mat- 
ter with you ; and I hope to be able to relieve you." 
The Queen was very willing, she related her 
troubles, the conduct of the Fairy Soussio, and 
finally, how she was looking for Blue Bird. 

The little old woman straightened herself up, 
moved briskly, suddenly her face grew fair and 
young ; she appeared superbly dressed, and looking 
at the Queen with a gracious smile, " incomparable 
Fiorina," cried she, " the King you seek is no 
longer a Bird, my sister Soussio has restored him 
to his original form ; he is in his kingdom, do not 
afflict yourself; you shall arrive there, and you 
shall succeed in your wishes. Here are four eggs, 
break them in your pressing wants, and you will 
find help which will be useful to you." In finishing 
these words, she disappeared. 

Fiorina felt very much comforted at what she 
had heard. She put these eggs in her bag and 
turned her steps towards the kingdom of King 
Charming. 



BLUE BIRD. 73 

After having walked eight days and eight nights, 
without stopping, she reached the foot of a moun- 
tain of prodigious height, all of ivory, and so 
smooth that the feet could not be placed upon it 
without slipping. She made a thousand useless 
attempts ; she slid, she fatigued herself; and in 
despair at such an unsurmountable obstacle, she 
lay down at the foot of the mountain, resolved to 
die there, when she remembered the eggs the 
Fairy had given her. She took one, " Let us see," 
said she, " if she has not mocked me, when she 
promised me help in time of need." As soon as 
she had broken it, she found within it little golden 
hooks, which she put on her hands and feet. As 
soon as she had done so, she ascended the ivory 
mountain without any trouble, for the sharp hooks 
penetrated the ivory, and prevented her slipping. 
When she was at the top, she had new trouble to 
descend, all the valley was one single mirror, — 
there were round it more than sixty thousand 
women, who viewed themselves in it with extreme - 
pleasure, for the mirror was two leagues wide, and 
six high ; and every one saw herself there exactly 
as she wished to be. The freckled appeared fair, 
the brunette had black hair, the old thought them- 
selves young, the young did not grow old ; finally, 
all faults were so well hidden there, that people 
came to it from all quarters of the world. It was 
enough to make one die of laughing to see the 
grimaces, and contortions, made by most of these 
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74 FAIRY STORIES. 

coquettes. The men were no less attracted to the 
spot, the mirror pleased them also. It represented 
some with fine hair, others with a better height and 
form; a martial air, and a better mien. The 
women at whom they laugh did not laugh the less 
at them, so that the mountain was called by a thou- 
sand different names. No one had ever reached the 
summit, and when they saw Fiorina there, the 
ladies uttered long cries of despair, " Where is this 
rash creature going ?" said they, " undoubtedly she 
has spirit enough to walk on our glass, with the first 
step she will break it in pieces." They made a 
frightful noise. 

The Queen did not know what to do ; for she 
saw great danger in making the descent. She 
broke another egg, from which issued two pigeons, 
and a chariot which became at the same time large 
enough to hold her conveniently ; the pfgeons then 
descended gently with the Queen, without any 
thing disagreeable having happened to her. She 
said to them, " My little friends if you would carry 
me to the place where King Charming holds his 
court, you will not oblige an ungrateful person." 
The civil pigeons did not stop, day nor night, till 
they reached the gates of the city. Fiorina alighted 
and gave them each a kiss, which was worth more 
than a crown. 

Oh how her heart beat on entering the city. She 
disguised her face that she should not be known. 
She asked the passers by where she could see the 



BLUE BIRD. 75 

King. Some began to laugh, " See the King," 
said they, " ha, ha, what would you have Soilletta, 
go, go wash yourself, you have not eyes enough to 
see the King." The Queen made no answer, she 
went away gently, and asked another whom she 
met, where she could place herself to see the King, 
" He is to come to-morrow to the temple with the 
Princess Troutina," said they, " for he has at last 
consented to marry her." 

Heavens, what news ! Troutina, the unworthy 
Troutina, on the point of marrying the King. She 
had no longer strength to speak, or walk ; she sat 
down under a porch, on the stone steps, hidden by 
her long hair, and her straw hat. " Unfortunate 
that I am," said she, " I have only come to aug- 
ment the triumphs of my rival, and make myself a 
witness of her happiness. It was then on her ac- 
count that Blue Bird ceased to visit me. He has 
become a traitor to me, and has left me to afflict 
myself without troubling himself with my sorrow." 

When one is much grieved, it is rare that he has 
a good appetite. The Queen sought out a lodging, 
and went to bed without supper. She rose at day- 
light, and ran to the temple ; she did not get in 
until after several rebuffs from the guards and sol- 
diers. She saw the throne of the King, and that of 
Troutina, who was already looked upon as a 
Queen. What sorrow for one so tender and deli- 
cate as Fiorina. She approached the throne of her 
rival ; she stood there leaning against a marble pil- 



76 FAIRY STORIES. 

lar. The King came first, more handsome and 
amiable than he had ever been. Troutina appeared 
richly dressed, and so ugly that she frightened one. 
She looked at the Queen, rubbing her forehead, — 
" Who are you," who dare to approach my excel- 
lency, and so near my golden throne ?" " I am 
named Soiletta," replied she, " I have come from a 
distance to sell you some rarities." She searched 
in her bag and drew out the emerald bracelets 
King Charming had given her. " Ho, ho," said, 
Troutina, " here are pretty green glass toys, do you 
want a iiYe sol piece for them. " Show them 
Madam to good judges," said the Queen, " and 
then we will make our bargain." 

Troutina, who was delighted to have an excuse 
for speaking to the King, advanced to the throne, 
and showing him the bracelets, asked his opinion of 
them. At sight of the bracelets, he remembered 
those he had given to Fiorina, he turned pale, he 
sighed, and did not answer for a long time. Finally, 
fearing that his embarrassment might be perceived, 
he made an effort, and replied ; " These bracelets 
are worth, I think, as much as my kingdom, I 
thought there was only one such pair in the world ; 
but here is one equal to those I have seen." Trou- 
tina returned to her throne, where she looked like 
an oyster in its shell. She asked the Queen how 
much she would take for her bracelets. " It would 
give you too much trouble to pay me Madam," said 
she, " I will propose another bargain. I will give 



BLUE BIRD. 77 

yon the emeralds, if you will obtain for me permis- 
sion to sleep in the cabinet of echoes, which is in the 
King's palace." "I am willing, Soilletta," said 
Troutina, laughing as if she would die, and show- 
ing teeth longer than the tusks of a boar. 

The King did not ask where these bracelets 
came from, less from indifference for her who 
offered them, (although she was well fitted to arouse 
curiosity,) than from the invincible dislike he felt 
for Troutina. But it should be mentioned, that 
when he was Blue Bird, he had told the Princess 
that there was under his apartment a cabinet which 
was called the Echo Cabinet, which was so inge- 
niously contrived, that every thing which was whis- 
pered there could be heard by the King when he 
was in bed in his chamber ; and as Fiorina desired 
to reproach him with his infidelity, she could not 
have thought of a better method. 

She was conducted by Troutina's orders into the 
Echo Cabinet, and began there her lamentations, 
and regrets. " The misfortune which I suspected, 
is but too certain, cruel Blue Bird," said she, " you 
have forgotten me, you love my unworthy rival ! 
The bracelets that I received from your faithless 
hand have not been able to recall me to your recol- 
lection, so far am I banished from it." Then sighs 
interrupted her words, until she gathered strength 
to speak, when she began again to complain, and 
continued her moanings till day-light. 

The attendants had heard her all night groaning 



78 FAIRY STORIES. 

and sighing. They told Troutina, who asked her 
why she had made such a noise. The Queen re- 
plied, " that she slept so well, she often had dreams 
and sometimes spoke aloud." As to the King, by a 
strange fatality, he had heard nothing. The fact 
was, that since he had loved Fiorina, he had not 
been able to sleep ; and when he laid down on the 
bed to take some rest, the physicians gave him 
opium. 

The Queen passed part of the day in strange 
uneasiness, — "If he has heard me," said she, " can 
there be more cruel indifference ? If he has not 
heard me, what shall I do to bring myself to his 
knowledge ?" Something was necessary to attract 
the attention of Troutina. Fiorina had used her 
most splendid jewels, and now she had recourse to 
her eggs. She broke one, and immediately there 
came out a little carriage of polished steel, orna- 
mented with gold, it was drawn by six green mice, 
and driven by a rose colored rat ; and the postillion, 
who was of the rat family, was of flax color. There 
were seated in the carriage four puppets, more brisk 
and intelligent than any which ever appeared at the 
fair of Saint Germaine. They performed the most 
remarkable feats that were ever seen. Maelzel's 
famous automata, were nothing compared to them. 

The Queen was overpowered at this new wonder 
of the magic art. She said nothing until evening, 
which was the hour when Troutina went to walk. 
She then placed herself in a path, making her mice 



BLUE BIRD. 79 

gallop, and draw along the carriage, the rats and 
the puppets. This novelty surprised Troutina so 
much, that she cried out three times, " Soiletta, 
Soiletta, Soiletta, will you take five sols for your 
carriage and its mouse equipage ?" " Ask the 
learned men and doctors of the kingdom," said 
Fiorina, " what such a wonder is worth, and I will 
submit to the decision of the most learned." Trou- 
tina, who was absolute in every thing, replied, 
" without troubling me longer with your vulgar 
presence, tell me what is the price." " To sleep 
again in the Cabinet of Echoes," said she, " is all 
I ask." "Go, poor thing," replied Troutina, "you 
shall not be refused," and turning to her women, 
she said, " what a foolish creature to make no more 
of her rarities." 

The night came, and Fiorina said every thing 
she could think of most tender, and she said it as 
uselessly as before, because the King had not failed 
to take his opium. The attendants said among 
themselves, " this peasant girl is mad, what is she 
talking about all night." "If she is," said others, 
" there is no want of spirit and passion in what she 
says." She awaited impatiently for the day, to see 
what effect her lamentations had produced. " What," 
said she, " is this barbarous man deaf to my voice ? 
He no longer hears his dear Fiorina ; what weak- 
ness in me still to love him, how I deserve the 
marks of scorn he has given me." But it was in 
vain for her to contend against her affliction. 



80 FAIRY STORIES. 

There was only one more egg in her bag, she broke 
it, and there came out a pie, containing six birds 
nicely dressed, and prepared, but they nevertheless 
sung wonderfully well ; told good stories, and un- 
derstood medicine better than Esculapius. The 
Queen was charmed with such an admirable thing, 
she went with her pie into the anti-chamber of 
Troutina. 

While she was waiting for her to pass, one of the 
King's valets approached her, " Soiletta," said he, 
" do you know if the King did not take opium to 
make him sleep, you would certainly stun him, for 
you chatter all night in a surprising manner." 
Fiorina was no longer astonished that he had not 
heard her ; she searched in her bag, and said to 
him, " I am so little afraid of disturbing his rest, 
that if you will omit to give him the opium this 
evening, in case I sleep in the cabinet, all these 
diamonds and pearls shall be yours." The valet 
consented, and gave her his word he would do 
what she asked. 

Some moments after Troutina appeared, she per- 
ceived the Queen, who was pretending to be about 
to eat her pie, " What are you doing there Soi- 
letta ?" said she, " I am eating astrologers, musi- 
cians, and doctors," said she. At the same time 
all the birds began to sing more melodiously than 
syrens ; and then they cried, " give us a piece of 
silver, and we will tell you a good story." A duck 
who was a King, cried, " Quack, quack, quack, I am 



BLUE BIRD. 81 

a doctor, I cure all diseases, and all follies, except 
love." Troutina more surprised at so many won- 
ders, than she had ever been in her life, swore " by 
the holy cabbage, this is an excellent pie, I will 
have it. Here, here, Soiletta, what shall I give you 
for it?" "The usual price," said she, " let me 
sleep in the Echo Cabinet." « Hold," said Trou- 
tina, generously, (for she was in good humor at the 
acquisition of such a pie), " you shall have a pistole 
beside." Fiorina, more pleased than she had before 
been, retired thanking her. 

As soon as it was night, she caused herself to be 
conducted into the Cabinet, ardently hoping that 
the valet might keep his word, and that instead of 
giving the King opium, he would offer him some- 
thing else, which would keep him awake. When 
she thought every one but the King was asleep, she 
began her usual lamentations. " To how many 
dangers have I exposed myself," said she, " to seek 
you, while you fly from me, and wish to marry 
Troutina ? What have I done, cruel Prince, that 
you forget your vows ? Do you remember your 
metamorphosis, my kindness to you, our tender 
conversations?" and she repeated many of them 
with a memory which proved that nothing was so 
dear to her thoughts. 

The King did not sleep, and he heard distinctly 

the voice of Fiorina, and all her words, though he 

could not understand whence they came ; but his 

heart, penetrated with tenderness, recalled to him 

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82 FAIRY STORIES. 

with so much power the idea of his incomparable 
Princess, that he felt his separation from her with 
the same grief t as at the moment when the knives 
had wounded him on the cypress tree. He began to 
speak on his side, as the Queen had done on hers. 
" Ah, Princess," said he, " too cruel to a lover, 
who adored you ; is it possible you sacrificed me to 
our common enemies?" Fiorina heard what he 
said, and did not fail to answer, and tell him that if 
he would converse with Soiletta, he should have all 
the mysteries, which till now he had not been able 
to penetrate, explained to him. At these words the 
King impatiently called one of his valets, and asked 
him if he could find Soiletta, and bring her to him. 
The valet replied, that nothing was more easy, as 
she was sleeping in the Echo Cabinet. 

The King could only wonder how such a great 
Queen could be disguised as Soiletta, or by what 
means Soiletta should know such secrets, if it were 
not the Princess in her disguise. In this uncer- 
tainty he arose, and dressing himself hastily, he de- 
scended by a hidden staircase to the Echo Cabinet, 
the key of which the Queen had taken. But the 
King had one, which opened all the doors of the 
palace. 

He found her in a light dress of white silk, 
which she wore under her dirty habits ; her beau- 
tiful hair fell over her shoulders, she was reposing 
on a couch, and a lamp placed at a little distance, 
gave but a feeble light. The King entered sud- 



BLUE BIRD. 83 

denly, his love overpowered his resentment, as soon 
as he knew her ; he threw himself at her feet ; he 
moistened her hands with his tears, and almost died 
with joy, grief, and the thousand different thoughts 
that filled his mind. 

The Queen was no less agitated. Her heart was 
oppressed ; she could scarcely heave a sigh ; she 
looked steadily at the King without speaking to 
him, and without having power to speak. She 
could not even reproach him. The pleasure of see- 
ing him again, made her forget for some time the 
subjects of complaint she thought she had. Finally, 
they explained every thing, they justified them- 
selves, their tenderness was renewed, and all that 
embarrassed them was the Fairy Soussio. 

But at that moment the Enchanter, who loved 
the King, arrived with a famous Fairy, the very 
same who had given the four eggs to Fiorina. 
After the first compliments, the Enchanter and the 
Fairy declared that their power being united in 
favor of the King and Queen, Soussio could do 
nothing against them : and that thus the marriage 
of the King and Queen need not be delayed. 

It is easy to imagine the joy of these two young 
lovers. As soon as it was day, it was published 
throughout the palace, and every one was delighted 
to see Fiorina. This news reached Troutina ; she 
ran to the King ; what was her surprise to see her 
fair rival. As soon as she wished to open her 
mouth to pour out her abuses, the Enchanter and 



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FAIRY STORIES. 



the Fairy appeared. They metamorphosed her 
into a pig, in which shape she was able to retain 
the clumsiness of her former figure. She ran off, 
always grunting, into the back yard, where the long 
shouts of laughter that followed her, threw her imo 
despair. 

King Charming, and Queen Fiorina, delivered 
from such an odious person, no longer delayed 
their marriage festivities. Gallantry and magnifi- 
cence equally appeared in them ; and it is easy to 
judge of the happiness they enjoyed, after the long 
misfortunes they had suffered. 




85 



LEGENDS OF THE DWARFS. 

FROM THE GERMAN. 

In all ages Dwarfs have been supposed to possess 
gold, silver, and diamonds in abundance, for they 
could glide every where without being seen; no 
hole was too little for them to go through, provided 
it conducted to rich treasures. 

As to the marriages of the little people, as the 
Dwarfs are sometimes called in Germany, many 
pleasant traditions have been preserved. 

The little race at one time wished to celebrate a 
marriage at the castle of Eilenburg, in Saxony, and 
during the night, they entered by the key-hole, and 
the cracks of the windows into the hall, and jumped 
about on the smooth floor, like peas in a barn. On 
which the old Count, who was sleeping under the 
canopy of his bed in this hall, awoke, and was 
much astonished at sight of this troop of the little 
people. One of them richly dressed as a herald, 
advanced towards him, and invited him politely, 
and in proper terms to join the feast. " But," added 
he, " we beg only for one thing, you alone must be 
present, none of your household must witness the 
festival at the same time with you, even to take one 
look." 

The old Count replied pleasantly, " Since you 
have disturbed my slumbers, I should like to join 
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86 FAIRY STORIES. 

you." Then they brought him a little woman, 
some little torch bearers appeared, and mysterious 
music struck up. The Count had much trouble to 
prevent losing his little partner, who escaped from 
him so easily in the midst of her jumping, and who 
turned him round so fast that he could hardly 
breathe. Suddenly in the most animated part of 
the dance, they all stood still, the music ceased, 
and the crowd all ran to the cracks of the doors, to 
the mice holes, and any little passages out they 
could find. But the bridal party, the heralds and 
the dancers raised their eyes to an opening in the 
ceiling of the hall, and discovered there the face of 
the old Countess, who was indiscreetly looking at 
the joyous troop. They then bowed before the 
Count, and the one who had invited him advanced 
again, thanking him for his hospitality. " But," 
added he, " as our pleasure, and our marriage fes- 
tivities have been so disturbed, because another 
human eye has reached us, some serious evils will 
befall your race." After this they fled in haste, and 
the old Count found himself alone in the hall. 

The Dwarfs wear little caps, by means of which 
they render themselves invisible, These caps are 
called chaperons of the mist. A peasant one day 
was threshing in his barn, and by chance knocked 
off the cap of a Dwarf. The latter became visible, 
and soon slipped through a crack into the ground. 

The Dwarfs who live in the grottos, and crevices 
about the dwellings of men, often show themselves, 



LEGENDS OF THE DWARFS. 87 

very kind to them ; and in the night while men are 
sleeping, they relieve them from their most painful 
labors. When the country people go out in the 
morning with their carts and tools, they are amazed 
to find all finished. The Dwarfs hide in the 
bushes, and laugh at their astonishment. Some- 
times the peasants are enraged at finding their 
grain cut before it is perfectly ripe, but when after- 
wards, storms of rain or hail come, and they dis- 
cover that not a straw would have been saved, they 
thank the little prudent race from the bottom of 
their hearts. 

A shepherd had on a mountain a magnificent 
cherry tree. One summer when the fruit was ripe, 
it happened that three nights in succession the tree 
was picked, and all the fruit carried to the boards 
and frames on which the Shepherd usually dried 
his cherries. The village people said, u this must 
have been done by the brave Dwarfs, who trot 
about in the night, wrapped in long mantles, their 
feet concealed, as light as birds, and zealously per- 
form the work of men." 

Watch was kept for them, but they did not trou- 
ble them ; they were allowed to come and go at 
pleasure ; but at last the Shepherd grew so curious, 
that he wanted to know why the Dwarfs concealed 
their feet, and if these feet were shaped like those 
of men. The next year, when summer came, at 
the season when the Dwarfs gathered the cherries, 
and carried them into the fruitery, the Shepherd 



00 FAIRY STORIES. 

took a bag full of ashes and spread it around the 
tree. The next day as soon as it was light, he ran 
to the tree, which he found entirely picked, and 
saw the traces of little geese feet on the ashes un- 
derneath. The Shepherd began to laugh, and joke, 
because the Dwarfs had geese feet, and that he had 
discovered their secret. Soon after the Dwarfs, 
broke up their dwellings and retired to the moun- 
tains, and never rendered any more assistance to 
men. The Shepherd who betrayed them became 
weak and feeble for the rest of his life. So says 
the legend. 




89 



JEANNETTE, 



THE LITTLE GOSSIP. 

There were once two very good people whose 
dwelling was in the neighborhood of a Fairy's 
castle. They had often heard of her power, and 
goodness, but they had never asked her assistance. 
Their natural timidity had perhaps prevented them, 
or perhaps the content they felt with their situation. 
It is fortunate when one feels no necessity for call- 
ing on the Fairies for help, and it is much better to 
be able to take care of ourselves. 

These good people had only one daughter, who 
was really very pretty ; but pretty as she was, her 
parents thought her a thousand times handsomer 
than she was ; indeed, they brought up their little 
Jeannette, (for this was her name,) and did not 
perceive, either on account of the blindness which is 
but too common to fathers and mothers, or finally, 
because they did not know any better, they did not 
perceive that she had one great fault ; it was that 
of talking all the time, and of constantly repeating 
what she had seen and heard. The good people 
looked at, as vivacity or spirit, the first indiscretions 
which Jeannette committed, they repeated before 
her the little stories she had told of her companions, 
they praised them, and almost always laughed, at 



90 FAIRY STORIES. 

them. This notice of her parents encouraged 
Jeannette in her faults. 

I said just now that these good people had never 
asked any favor of their neighbor the good Fairy ; 
but very often people do for their children what 
they would not do for themselves. They deter- 
mined, therefore, to present themselves before the 
Fairy ; but when they reached her presence, they 
were somewhat embarrassed. The father twirled 
his hat in his hands, while the mother presented a 
basket of fresh eggs, and begged her to accept 
them. As soon as the good Fairy perceived them, 
she approached them with as much kindness, as if 
they had been her equals. " What can I do for you 
my good people," said she. " We have come," 
they replied, " to ask a favor of you ; it is, that you 
would take, and educate our little daughter Jean- 
nette, she is in truth a pretty child." 

" Well, bring her to me in eight days," said the 
good Fairy to them kindly. At the end of eight 
days the good people returned to the Fairy's castle, 
dressed in their Sunday's best ; and leading Jean- 
nette by the hand. She too was dressed in her 
best ; she had new wooden shoes, a cap as white 
as snow ; and a little scarlet boddice, trimmed with 
blue ribbons, — the Fairy thought her very pretty, 
and took her into her service. She dressed her 
very handsomely, and gave her no other occupation 
but that of playing with seven or eight little Prin- 
cesses, who had been placed by Kings and Queens 



JEANNETTE. 91 

with the Fairy, to be educated by her ; a charge 
which she was very willing to undertake. 

Jeannette's work was not difficult, so she got 
along very well the first day ; but a great talker 
does not stop to think always what it is proper to 
talk about, and Jeannette did not yet know any 
thing of what was going on in the castle. But she 
could not help prattling, so she told the little Prin- 
cesses, sometimes one of them, and sometimes 
another, every thing about her father, her mother, 
and the village where she had lived. The subject 
was not very interesting, and some of the little girls 
whispered, " Jeannette's stories are not very amus- 
ing; she need not talk so much, if she has nothing 
better to say." The next day, however, her stories 
were not merely dull, they were mischievous. She 
still kept talking all the time, and employed herself 
in telling one little girl that she had heard another 
say she was not pretty ; to this one she would 
whisper that another said she was not neat ; and a 
hundred things in this way, until the little Prin- 
cesses, who before her arrival had lived in the 
greatest harmony, were all at once quarreling with 
each other, and could not be persuaded to make up. 
The Fairy found out the state of things, and easily 
discovered the cause of it. She reproved Jeannette, 
and threatened to send her home to her parents. 
This reprimand had an effect for some days, at the 
end of which time, she obtained permission to go 
and see her father and mother, and shew them her 



92 FAIRY STORIES. 

fine clothes. The Fairy knowing how much she 
was given to prating, warned her to take care and 
not tell too much ; and to be sure and not say any 
thing which was not true, about what was done at 
the Fairy castle. Jeannette promised, but as her 
love of talking, and a desire to tell great stories of 
what she had seen, and what she did at the Fairy's, 
was the real reason of her desiring to go to see her 
mother, she told at home all she knew, or rather 
what she thought she knew. She had a great deal 
to say about the Fairy, and did not always speak 
the exact truth ; among other things, she said that 
the Fairy had made her a Princess, and that she 
was immediately going to her fine kingdom. She 
told a hundred stories as ridiculous as this. These 
accounts almost turned the heads of Jeannette's 
father and mother, they never had expected to have 
a Princess for their daughter. 

It was not only to her father and mother that 
Jeannette told these great stories ; she repeated 
these and similar ones to all her acquaintance in 
the village, and she was dressed so handsomely, that 
they thought her stories must be true. The next 
day all the peasants in the village feeling a desire 
to have their daughters made Princesses, sent from 
every side to ask this favor of the Fairy. If she had 
granted it, there never would have been such a num- 
ber of Princesses, for all the village sent to the 
castle to ask this trifling favor of the Fairy. She 
compelled Jeannette to go and carry her answer, 



JE ANNETTE. 93 

which was, as may be supposed, a simple refusal. 
But she went on this errand in some vexation, for 
the pretended Princess, appeared in her wooden 
shoes, and the same village dress which she had 
worn when she lived with her parents. 

Jeannette appearing in such a different dress 
from that in which they had seen her before, and 
one so little fitted to the dignity which she pre- 
tended to have had conferred on her, proved that 
the stories she had told must have been false ; and 
being vexed at having been sent on such a foolish 
errand, they laughed at the pretended Princess ; all 
the inhabitants of the castle did the same. Such a 
correction as this might have made Jeannette more 
discreet, and less gossiping; for she was very 
much mortified at it ; meantime, notwithstanding 
her tears and the advice the Fairy gave her, to help 
her to correct her faults, which she offered in the 
kindest and most gentle manner, she soon began to 
whisper about her mischievous stories among the 
Princesses, and told them, it was because the Fairy 
was jealous at her being so pretty she had become 
so much displeased with her, and sent her in her 
plain dress to the peasants. She told this and other 
silly stories to the Princesses, until, by comparing 
her tales together, they all came to find out what a 
little gossip, and false story teller she was. They 
all laughed at her, and pointed their fingers at her, 
and the Fairy was not sorry, for she hoped Jean- 
nette would at last be brought to try to cure herself 
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94 FAIRY STORIES. 

of this disagreeable fault. She thought Jearmette 
was a very pretty little girl, and had many good 
qualities ; and if she could get rid of this bad habit, 
the Fairy and every body else would love her. The 
Princesses not liking to play with the story teller, she 
went to the nurses and governesses, and by telling 
stories from one to the other of them, and things 
she pretended to have heard the Princesses say of 
them, she made a great deal of uneasiness in the 
family. At last the Fairy found she could do 
nothing with her, but shut her up in her pavilion, 
which was called the Solitude. This was the 
place to which the Fairy retired to meditate upon 
the mysteries of her art ; it was there she sharp- 
ened her wand, and retired from the great world, 
to meditate at her ease, and rest herself after her 
great operations. This was the place to which she 
conducted Jeannette, to make her forget a habit 
which she could only practice in society. This 
pavilion was situated in the midst of a plain, which 
produced only briars, and which stretched as far as 
the eye could reach. The horizon of this plain was 
terminated by no mountain ; and the Fairy never 
came there but through the air, for no road led to 
this retreat; the apartments were furnished with 
the most interesting painted hangings, which were 
ever seen. A deliciously arranged garden sur- 
rounded the pavilion, and a superb aviary filled 
with the most rare birds from every country in the 
world, added to the delights of this pretty garden. 



JEANNETTE. 



It was in this Solitude that the Fairy shut up 
the little Jeannette, furnishing her with every thing 
that could be agreeable to her. Jeannette did not 
care much for the solitude, but she could not help 
weeping at having no one to talk to. At first she 
had recourse to lamentations, then to songs ; this 
relieved her at first, but she was so accustomed to 
run from one person to another, to tell each tales of 
the other, that talking and singing to herself was 
no great pleasure to her. Besides, her love of gos- 
siping, Jeannette was very, curious ; it is a fault 
that is almost always joined to the love of tale- 
bearing. When persons love to tell a great many 
stories, they are curious to spy out something to 
talk about. Jeannette took so much trouble, and 
used such measures that during the absence of the 
Fairy, she entered her cabinet, and examined with 
great care all the instruments of her Fairy art. 
What surprised her most, and with great reason, 
were the rules and regulations of the Fairies. She 
read in the list of these the advice to them to take 
great care of their wands, and never have them out 
of their reach ; and to take care especially never to 
fall asleep in the presence of any one, since their 
power depended on their strictly following this 
direction. For the book positively asserted, that if 
any one else got possession of the wand, that per- 
son could not only do what he or she pleased with 
it, but that the Fairy herself would become the 
slave of the holder of the wand. 



96 FAIRY STORIES. 

Jeannette was greatly amazed at this discovery, 
and not being able to take advantage of it herself, 
because the Fairy never went to sleep in the Pa- 
vilion of Solitude, and as she had no one to whom 
she could confide this important secret, she felt the 
greatest pain that a gossip can feel ; that of know- 
ing something important, and not being near any 
one to whom she could confide it. In this cruel 
state, after having meditated a long time on the 
subject, she resolved on the following expedient. 

In the garden which surrounded the Fairy's 
pavilion, as has been mentioned, there was an ad- 
mirable aviary, filled with all known, and unknown 
birds. There were of course among them parrots. 
On one of these birds Jeannette cast her eyes, with 
the intention of making a confidant of her. She 
treated the bird kindly, and taught her to talk in a 
remarkable manner, which, as Jeannette loved talk- 
ing so much, was not difficult for her to do. At 
last the parrot could say any thing, and having 
taught it many useless things, her instructor at last 
made her say this little rhyme, 

If while the Fairy sleeps, 

Her wand you take away. 
Command whate'er you will, 

Earth and Heaven will obey. 

When the parrot was thoroughly taught, Jeannette 
begged the Fairy to allow her to send the bird to 
one of the little Princesses at the castle. The 
Fairy considered this request as a mark of kind- 



JE ANNETTE. 97 

ness, on the part of Jeannette, and putting the par- 
rot into her carriage, she gave it to the Princess, to 
whom Jeannette desired it might be given. But 
what was the amazement of the Fairy, when in the 
midst of all the little Princesses, after having gone 
through all the common parrot remarks, after hav- 
ing said a thousand times, " Good morning Jean- 
nette, my little dear," and a great many things of 
this kind, she heard the bird say in a tone of 
advice, 

" If while the Fairy sleeps, 
Her wand you take away ; 
Command whate'er you will, 
Earth and Heaven will obey." 

The Fairy groaned at the risk she had run, and 
causing her field carriage to be harnessed immedi- 
ately, she ordered her griffins to go and seek Jean- 
nette. She was obeyed, and in less than a quarter 
of an hour, notwithstanding the prodigious distance, 
Jeannette was brought into the middle of the castle. 
She was then reproved for her imprudent curiosity, 
and what is more, for her ingratitude. Without 
giving her time to invent the false excuses which 
she was about to bring forth, with one stroke of her 
wand, the Fairy metamorphosed her into a parrot, 
and gave in this way a striking example to girls to 
warn them from talking too much, and repeating 
what they have heard said. She did not think it 
safe to leave her at liberty to fly about the fields, 
she therefore put her into an osier cage, on which 
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98 FAIRY STORIES. 

was written, " the Princess Jeannette's Palace," in 
order that she might not be mistaken, and that her 
falsehoods and mischief making might not be for- 
gotten, but serve as a lesson and warning to others. 

In this cage the Fairy sent her back to her par- 
ents, telling them that she found it impossible to 
make any thing good of her daughter; but she 
advised them to take care what they said before 
her, for all the village would soon know it. She 
added for their consolation, that she would not 
cause them much expense, since a little cheese 
would henceforth serve for her nourishment. Her 
parents were simple people, and though they were 
very sorry, they soon got accustomed to the change, 
and were not as unhappy at it, as might have been 
expected, — though they could not but feel sorry 
that instead of a nice young woman, their daughter 
had turned out nothing but a prating parrot. 

Thus bad children, who do not correct their 
faults, not only make themselves unhappy, but dis- 
tress and disappoint their parents. 




99 



THE RAINBOW PRINCE. 

There was once a King who had a little daugh- 
ter, so beautiful, that he thought he could not give 
her any name so proper as that of Fairer-than-Fairy. 
The good Prince did not think that such a name 
would of course draw down upon the child the 
dreaded hatred of the Fairies ; but the fact was 
they were no sooner informed of his having given 
his daughter this proud name, than they formed the 
design of seizing the young Princess, and either 
tormenting her very cruelly, or hiding her from the 
sight of the world. 

The oldest of all the body of Fairies was charged 
with this business. She was named Ugalina, and 
was so old, that she had only one eye, and one 
tooth left ; and was obliged to put these every night 
to soak in a strengthening liquid. She was at the 
same time so wicked, that she was employed all the 
time in executing any dark and evil business which 
her companions, among the Fairies, chose to plan. 
With so much experience, and such evil intentions, 
it was not difficult to carry off Fairer-than-Fairy. 
This little girl who was then only seven years old 
was almost frightened to death, when she saw her- 
self alone with such a hideous figure. She felt, 
however, a little encouraged, when after having 
traveled about an hour under ground, she found 
herself at a superb palace, surrounded with magnifi- 



100 FAIRY STORIES. 

cent gardens, and discovered that her dog and her 
cat had followed her. 

The old woman led her into a very pretty cham- 
ber, which she gave her for her habitation ; and 
showing her a chimney, ordered her expressly to 
keep up a constant fire, and take the greatest care 
to preserve without breaking, two glass phials, 
which she intrusted to her. After these two orders 
which she gave out with terrible threats, the old 
woman went away, and left the little girl very con- 
tented, with being able to walk about the palace, 
and to have but two things, which did not seem to 
her hard to do. She acquitted herself of these du- 
ties for several years, and became so accustomed to 
a life of solitude, that she entirely forgot her father's 
court. 

One day when she was amusing herself in playing 
near a beautiful fountain, which was situated in the 
middle of the garden, the rays of the sun shining on 
this clear water formed a Kainbow, and its beauty as- 
tonished Fairer-than-Fairy. Presently there came 
from this Rainbow a voice, the sound of which charm- 
ed her even more than the sight of it. This voice 
seemed to be that of a young man. By the gentle- 
ness and charm of his conversation, one could not 
help thinking he must have the most agreeable 
figure ; but it was all left to the imagination, for the 
person was invisible. 

The beautiful Rainbow explained to Fairer-than- 
Fairy, that he was very young, that his father was 



THE RAINBOW PRINCE. 101 

a powerful King, and that Ugalina, to revenge her- 
self upon his parents, and afflict them, had deprived 
him for some years past of his natural form ; that 
she had shut him up in this palace.* He told her 
that he found this penance very difficult to bear at 
first, but that since the young Princess to whom he 
was speaking had come to live in the garden, he 
had been made very happy, by having the privilege 
of seeing her, and that he loved her so much, he 
should now be sorry to leave the garden. He said 
several other very pleasant things to the young 
Princess, and as it was so long since she had heard 
such gentle words, it was very agreeable to her. 

The Prince could not appear, nor make himself 
heard, except under the form of a Rainbow. This 
could not be formed unless the sun shone upon the 
water. Fairer-than-Fairy lost no opportunity of 
enjoying the conversation of her new friend. She 
talked so long one day, that the fire which was 
intrusted to her care went out. 

Ugalina at her return, perceived this negligence, 
and far from appearing sorry, she seized with joy 
this pretext to exercise all her rage against the 
young Princess, who was her prisoner. She ordered 
her to go very early the next morning to ask for 
fire of Locrinos, to light that which had gone out 
on her hearth. This Locrinos was a monster, who 
devoured every body who came in his way. Fairer- 
than-Fairy obeyed the orders of the old Ugalina, 
with the greatest sweetness ; and without having 



102 FAIRY STORIES. 

had an opportunity to bid good bye to her Rainbow 
friend, she went to find Locrinos, who she thought 
would kill her. As she crossed a wood, she was 
warned by a bird to pick up a pebble, which shone 
like a star. This she found in a neighboring foun- 
tain, and she was told to make use of it when the 
time of need came. 

Fairer-than-Fairy continued her route, and ar- 
rived at the house of Locrinos. Fortunately she 
found only his wife, who was alone in the house. 
She was touched with compassion at sight of the 
young Princess, (she was so pretty no one could 
help being pleased with her). The wife of the 
monster, was however, still more pleased with the 
brilliancy of the pebble she presented her. She 
gave her the fire, in gratitude for the beautiful 
stone she had received from her, and made her a 
present of another, of which she told her she could 
some day make use. She then sent her away 
without doing her any injury. 

Ugalina showed as much surprise as displeasure 
at this unexpected good fortune of the young Prin- 
cess ; and Fairer-than-Fairy awaited with extreme 
impatience the moment when she could tell Prince 
Rainbow what had happened to her, and how glad 
she was to see him. But Eainbow already knew 
these adventures, as he had a Fairy cousin who 
protected him, and who knew all that had hap- 
pened. 

In order to prevent Fairer-than-Fairy from any 



THE RAINBOW PRINCE. 103 

new dangers, Eainbow planned another manner of 
making his visits to her ; and the Princess used it 
successfully for several days. She placed on the 
window seat in her chamber, according to the 
instructions of Prince Eainbow, a basin filled with 
water. Rainbow formed himself in this basin when 
the sun shone upon it, in the same way as he had 
done at the fountain ; so that Fairer-than-Fairy 
was able to converse with her friend, without going 
away either from the fire or the two phials, where 
the old woman kept her eye and her tooth. These 
conversations always lasted as long as the sun 
shone. 

Prince Rainbow came one morning to their usual 
meeting, in the deepest sadness. He had just 
learned that he was about to be immediately ban- 
ished from this charming spot, without his knowing 
to what part of the world he was to be conducted. 
The grief of the two friends may easily be imagined ; 
they did not lose a single one of the sun's rays, and 
appointed a meeting for the next day. The next 
day came, but unfortunately the weather was 
cloudy. After a few hours the sun shone for an 
instant. Fairer-than-Fairy ran to make use of it ; 
and she did it in such haste, that she overturned 
the basin of water she had prepared the night 
before. She had no other water at hand, except 
what was contained in the two bottles confided to 
her care. She had only this once to see her friend 
before their separation. She did not therefore hesi- 



104 FAIRY STORIES. 

tate to break the two phials, and the Rainbow was 
formed. Their parting was very tender, the Prince 
assured the young Princess of his affection, and 
promised to neglect nothing in his power to release 
her from her confinement, and expressed his hopes 
that they might then be united in marriage. Fairer- 
than-Fairy assured him that she never should 
desire to many any one else. 

The fate which separated them so cruelly did not 
allow them a long time to converse. The Rainbow 
vanished, and Fairer-than-Fairy, beside herself 
with grief, resolved to undertake every thing. She 
took her dog, her cat, a branch of myrtle, and the 
pebble which the w T ife of Locrinos had given her, 
and set out to see what she could do to bring about 
a meeting. 

When Ugalina perceived on her return the flight 
of her prisoner, she became furious, and the same 
moment ran after her. She reached her just when 
the poor girl, overcome with fatigue, and wishing to 
take a little rest, had lain down in a cavern, which 
the pebble she had with her had formed about her. 
The little dog who watched carefully over his mis- 
tress, bit Ugalina in such a severe manner, that 
instead of seizing upon Fairer-than-Fairy, as she 
was preparing to do, she knocked herself against 
the cavern, and broke her only tooth. 

Before she had recovered from the pain and rage 
this accident caused her, the young girl had leisure 
to escape, and go forward on her road. The fear of 



THE RAINBOW PRINCE. 105 

such pressing danger, made her forget her fatigue, 
but at last she could go no farther, and sunk to the 
ground. 

It so happened that the branch of myrtle which 
she carried, touched the ground, and this branch 
immediately formed itself into a cabinet of verdure, 
where she hoped to be able to sleep quietly. Uga- 
lina for her part, was only occupied with the desire 
of revenging herself on the Princess ; so she set 
forth anew, and reached her just as she was begin- 
ning to fall asleep, The cat who had climbed upon 
one of the branches of the trees which formed the 
cabinet, was of no less assistance to her mistress 
than the little dog had been before. She jumped at 
the face of Ugalina, and scratched out her only eye, 
and thus forever delivered Fairer-than-Fairy, from 
this pitiless enemy. But scarcely was she relieved 
from such great anxiety, when she began to feel the 
horrors of hunger and fatigue. She was ready to 
fall to the ground, when finally, half dead, and in a 
dreadful state, she arrived at a little green and 
white house. 

A beautiful lady dressed in these two colors, who 
was the mistress, and only inhabitant of the dwell- 
ing, received her with all possible kindness. After 
a hearty supper, and a long sleep in the best bed in 
the world, the green and white lady prophesied to 
the Princess, that she would finally succeed in her 
designs. She embraced her, and bade her fare- 
well, giving her at the same time a nut, which she 
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106 FAIRY STORIES. 

ordered her not to crack, except in a case of pressing 
necessity. After having suffered great fatigue, 
Fairer-than-Fairy stopped again at a house, and 
was welcomed by a lady exactly like the one she 
had last left. She also received there a present, 
and upon the same conditions, but instead of a nut 
it was a golden pomegranate. The sad and weary 
Princess was still obliged to pursue her journey 
with incredible suffering, and she was a third time 
received at a house like the two others, which she 
had met with on her way. 

These houses belonged to three sisters, all 
equally endowed with a knowledge of the Fairy 
art, of a similar form and disposition ; and it was 
their desire that their houses, and their dresses 
should resemble each other exactly. Their only 
occupation was to take care of the unfortunate ; 
they were as gentle and benevolent, as Ugalina had 
been cruel and evil-minded. This third Fairy 
comforted the Princess, begged her not be discour- 
aged, and promised her the reward of her troubles. 
She accompanied her speech with a present of a 
rock crystal bottle, ordering her to open it only in 
case of absolute necessity. The young Princess 
thanked her with the gentleness and affection 
which sadness and hope inspire, and left this spot, 
her mind filled with the most agreeable thoughts. 

The road she took conducted her after some 
hours into a charming wood. Here she found the 
purest air, perfumed by the most delicious odor. 



THE RAINBOW PRINCE. 107 

She had not advanced more than a hundred steps 
into this beautiful place, when she perceived a sil- 
ver castle fastened to four of the largest trees ; it 
was suspended by heavy chains of the same metal, 
and so well balanced, that it was moved by a gentle 
wind, without making any more noise than was 
sufficient to lull one into a sweet sleep. 

The hope of seeing an end to her misfortunes re- 
doubled at this sight ; but these hopes were some- 
what chilled, when she perceived that the castle 
was borne in the air, and that it had neither doors 
nor windows. She did not doubt, (and I never 
knew why,) that this was the moment to use the 
nut which had been given her. She opened it, and 
out there came from it a soldier of a size propor- 
tioned to the place in which he had been enclosed. 
There hung from his girdle a golden key, attached 
to a little chain, and this key might be half as large 
as a pin. Fairer-than-Fairy, used one of the chains 
which hung down to the ground, like a ladder, and 
mounted upon it to the silver castle. She held in 
her hand her little soldier, who notwithstanding the 
apparent disproportion of his height, opened with 
his little key a door which could not be perceived, 
and which became large enough to allow the Prin- 
cess to enter. A wonderful saloon composed the 
inside of this beautiful castle, it was lighted only by 
stars of gold, and jewels, attached to the ceiling. In 
the middle of the saloon was a bed, hung with rain- 
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FAIRY STORIES. 



cords. The bed rocked in the same manner as the 
castle did, and produced a motion which caused the 
most delicious sleep. 

It was on this bed that Prince Rainbow, who was 
still handsomer than any of the beautiful objects by 
which he was surrounded, had been sleeping ever 
since the moment which had separated him from 
his beloved Princess. If he had not been placed 
under this enchantment, his grief and his love 
would have left him no repose, and the presence of 
his dear Princess would have transported him with 

joy. 

Fairer-than-Fairy, notwithstanding all her emo- 
tions, dared hardly look around upon all the strange 
things she saw. She feared that the person she 
perceived might not be him, whom she had only 
learned to love by the sound of his voice, and she 
wondered how he could sleep there so quietly, 
while she had been enduring such troubles for his 
sake. Though she spoke in a very loud tone, the 
sleep of the Prince did not appear to be disturbed. 
She then had recourse to her pomegranate, all the 
seeds of which it was composed were so many little 
violins, which when it was opened, ran toward the 
ceiling, and immediately produced strains of music 
of the greatest melody and sweetness. The Prince 
was not yet entirely awake, but he opened his eyes 
a little, and looked round in amazement. 

Fairer-than-Fairy growing impatient at not being 
recognized, employed the last present which had 



THE RAINBOW PRINCE. 109 

been made her. She opened her bottle, and there 
came out of it a little Syren who stopped the 
violins, and who sung in the ear of the Prince all 
that the Princess had suffered, to come and find 
him. She added some gentle reproaches to this 
recital, and at last the Prince was awakened. 

He threw himself in a transport at the feet of 
Fairer-than-Fairy. At the same moment the saloon 
opened on every side, and a throne of gold, covered 
with precious stones arose in the middle. A court 
as numerous as beautiful then appeared, which pre- 
ceded several cars of extraordinary beauty, filled 
with the fairest and best dressed ladies. At the 
head of these cars was one which exceeded all the 
rest in magnificence. It was easy to judge that a 
lady who was seated in it by herself was the Queen 
of the court. This lady was still of great beauty, 
though she was no longer in the bloom of youth. 
She was the mother of Prince Rainbow. She in- 
formed him that his father was dead, that the anger 
of the Fairies was appeased, and that thus nothing 
prevented him from coming to govern his faithful 
people, who wished for nothing so much as his 
presence. 

At another time the Prince would have been 
transported at this news, but the desire of declaring 
Fairer-than-Fairy Queen of the estates which had 
just been offered him, occupied him entirely. He 
resolved to show the Princess in all her charms to 
the new court ; and he felt that the sight alone of 
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110 



FAIRY STORIES. 



her would cause his choice to be approved ; but at 
that moment the three green and white sisters 
arrived, they declared the royal birth of Fairer-than- 
Fairy, and at this news the applause of the court 
was absolute and unanimous. 

The Queen mother caused the two lovers to 
ascend her car, and conducted them to her capital 
city. All the inhabitants received them with accla- 
mations, and cries of joy, which cannot be described. 
The marriage was celebrated the same day, and 
brought no decrease of their affection; years did 
not destroy their beauty, nor their tenderness. 
They lived several ages, always beloved by their 
subjects, and left their children heirs of their per- 
fections and their good fortune. 




Ill 



FINETTA CINDRETTA, 



THE SPANISH HORSE. 

There was once a King and a Queen who had 
managed their affairs very badly, and their sub- 
jects drove them from their kingdom. They sold 
their crowns to buy something to eat, their clothes 
and their laces and all their furniture, one piece 
after another. The shop keepers was tired of buy- 
ing, for every day they sold something new. At 
last the King and the Queen became very poor, and 
the King said to his wife, " we have nothing left, 
we must do something to get our living, and that of 
our poor children ; think of what we can do, for till 
now I have known no trade but that of King, which 
is very easy." 

The Queen had a great deal of spirit. She de- 
manded of him eight days to think the matter over, 
at the end of that time she said to him, " Sire, you 
need not afflict yourself, you have only to make nets 
in which to catch the birds in the woods and the 
fish in the sea. When the twine is used up, I will 
spin and make more. With regard to our three 
daughters, they are lazy creatures, who expect to be 
made great ladies. We must carry them off so far, 
so very far that it will be impossible for them ever 
tp get back, for we can never afford to dress them 
as fine as they wish to be." 



112 FAIRY STORIES. 

The King began to weep when he saw that he 
must be separated from his children, but the Queen 
was mistress, and he at last agreed to what she 
wished. He said to her, "get up early in the 
morning and take your three daughters and carry 
them where you please." 

While they were planning this matter, princess 
Finetta, who was the youngest of the daugh- 
ters, listened through the key-hole, and when she 
had found out the design of her papa and mama, 
she ran as fast as she could to a large grotto a great 
way off, where her godmother Merlusia lived. Now 
this godmother was a Fairy. 

Finetta had taken two pounds of fresh butter, 
some eggs, milk and flour to make a nice cake for 
her godmother, that she might be well received. 
She began her journey with a light heart, but the 
farther she went the more tired she became. The 
soles of her shoes were all worn out, and her little 
tender feet were so torn that it was a great pity. 
She could not go a step farther. She sat down on 
the grass and cried. 

Just then there came by a beautiful Spanish 
horse, all saddled and bridled ; there were more 
diamonds on his housing than would buy three 
cities, and when he saw the princess he began to 
feed gently by her side ; bending his knees, he 
seemed to do her reverence. She immediately took 
hold of the bridle. " Dear pony," said she, " will 
you be so kind as to carry me to my godmother, 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 113 

the Fairy. You will do me a great favor if you 
will, for I am tired to death ; and if you serve me 
now I will give you good oats and hay, and you 
shall have fresh straw to lie down upon." The 
horse stooped almost to the ground before her. Fi- 
netta jumped upon him, and he began to run so 
lightly that it seemed as if he must be a bird. He 
stopped at the entrance of the grotto as if he had 
known the road to it, and in fact he did know it, for 
it was Merlusia herself, who having guessed that 
her goddaughter wanted to visit her, had sent this 
fine horse to bring her. 

When she came in she made three low curtesies 
to her godmother, and took up the hem of her dress 
and kissed it, then she said " good morning god- 
mother, how do you do, here is some butter, some 
milk, some flour and some eggs I have brought you, 
to make a good cake, such as they make in our 
country." 

" Welcome Finetta," said the Fairy, " come and 
let me embrace you." She embraced her twice, 
which greatly rejoiced Finetta, far Madam Merlusia 
was no common Fairy. She said, " here my god- 
daughter I want you to be my little chamber maid, 
take off my cap and comb my hair." The princess 
took off her cap and combed her hair as gently as 
possible. " I know very well," said Merlusia, 
" what you have come here for, you have heard the 
King and Queen planning to carry you off and lose 
you, and you wish to avoid this misfortune. Hold, 



114 FAIRY STORIES. 

you have only to take this ball, the thread upon it 
will never break, fasten it to the door of your house 
and hold it in your hand. When the Queen has 
left you it will be easy to find your way back by 
following the thread." 

The princess thanked her godmother, who filled 
a bag for her with fine dresses, all of gold and sil- 
ver. She embraced her and made her mount again 
on the pretty horse, and in two or three minutes he 
carried her to the door of the little house occupied 
by their majesties. Finetta said to the horse, " my 
little friend, you are very handsome and very good, 
you go quicker than the sun, I thank you for your 
trouble — go back to where you came from." 

She then entered the house softly, hiding her bag 
under her pillow, and going to bed without saying 
any thing. As soon as it was light the King awoke 
his wife. " Come, come madam," said he to her, 
" get ready for your journey." Then she got up, 
put on her thick shoes, a short petticoat, a white 
scarf, and took a staff in her hand. She sent for 
the oldest of her daughters, who was called Love 
Blossom, the second Night Belle, and the third Fine 
Ear, whence she was commonly called Finetta. 
" I dreamed last night," said the Queen, " that we 
must go to see my sister, she will feast us well, we 
will eat and laugh as much as we please." Love 
Blossom, who was in despair at living in the wil- 
derness, said to her mother, " go madam where you 
please, I do not care where, provided I am moving." 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 115 

The two others said the same. They took leave of 
the King, and now behold them all four on the road. 
They went so far, so very far that Fine Ear was 
sadly afraid she should not have thread enough, for 
they went nearly a thousand leagues. She always 
walked behind her sisters, passing the thread skill- 
fully along the bushes. 

When the Queen thought her daughters could 
not find their way back, she went into a thick wood 
and said to them, " my little lambs go to sleep, I 
will be like the shepherdess who watches about her 
flock, that the wolf may not eat any of them." 
They laid down on the grass and fell asleep. The 
Queen left them, never expecting to see them again. 
Finetta shut her eyes but did not go to sleep. " If 
I were a wicked girl," said she, " I should go away 
immediately and should leave my sisters to die 
here, for they beat and scratch me sadly, but not- 
withstanding all their unkindness I will not leave 
them." 

She awoke them and told them the whole story. 
They began to cry and begged her to take them 
with her, and promised if she would, that they 
would give her their prettiest dolls, their little silver 
cups and saucers, and all their play things and su- 
gar plums. " I know very well that you will do no 
such thing," said Finetta, " but I will nevertheless 
be a good sister." So getting up she followed her 
thread, and the princesses did the same, and in this 
way they got home as soon as the Queen did. 



116 FAIRY STORIES. 

When they stopped at the door they heard the 
King say, " I feel sadly to see you come home 
alone. " " Very well," replied the Queen, " we had 
too much trouble with our daughters." " But," said 
the King, " if you had brought back my Finetta, 
she would console me for the others, for they cared 
for nobody." 

Then they knocked, toe, toe, toe, and the King 
said, " who is there ?" They replied, " it is your 
three daughters, Love Blossom, Night Belle, and 
Fine Ear." The Queen began to tremble. " Do 
hot open the door>" said she, " they must be spirits, 
for it is impossible the girls can have come back." 
The King was as much of a coward as his wife, 
and he said, " you deceive me, you are not my 
daughters," but Fine Ear, who was cunning, said 
to him, " Papa, I am going to stoop down, look at 
me through the cat's hole, and if I am not Finetta 
you may beat me." The King looked as she bade 
him, and as soon as he perceived her he opened 
the door. The Queen pretended to be very glad to 
see them again, she told them that she had forgotten 
something, that she come back to look for, but she 
had certainly intended to go back and find them 
again. They feigned to believe her, and went up 
into a pretty little barn chamber, where they slept. 

" Here," said Finetta, " my sisters, you promised 
me a doll, give it to me." " Indeed, you have no 
right to expect it, little witch," said they, " you are 
the cause that the King does not regret us," and so 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 117 

saying they took up their distaffs and beat her like 
plaster. When they had done beating her, she 
went to bed, and as she had so many wounds and 
bruises she could not sleep, and she heard the Queen 
say to the King, " I will carry them in another di- 
rection still farther, and I am certain they will not 
come back." When Finetta heard this, she got up 
softly to go and see her godmother. She went 
into the hen house and took two hens and a cock, 
and wrung their necks, then two little rabbits, which 
the Queen was feeding on cabbages, to feast her- 
self with some time. She put these all into a bas- 
ket, and set forth. She had not crept along a 
league, dying with fear, when the Spanish horse 
came galloping along, snorting and neighing. She 
thought it was all over with her, and that soldiers 
were coming to take her. When she saw the pretty 
horse all alone, she mounted him, delighted to go 
so easily, and soon arrived at her godmother's. 

After the usual ceremonies, she presented her the 
chickens, the cock and the rabbits, and prayed her 
to give her some good advice, because the Queen 
had declared she would carry them to the end of 
the world. Merlusia told her favorite not to afflict 
herself, and she gave her a bag full of ashes. " You 
must carry the bag before you," said she, "you 
must shake it and walk over the ashes, and when 
you come back you have only to look for the im- 
pression of your steps. But do not bring back your 
sisters, they are too wicked, and if you bring them 
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118 FAIRY STORIES. 

back I will never see you more." Finetta took her 
leave, carrying away, by order of the Fairy, thirty 
or forty millions of diamonds in a little box, which 
she put in her pocket. The horse was all ready, 
and carried her back as usual. At daylight, the 
Queen called the princesses. They came, and she 
said to them, " the King is not very well ; I dreamed 
last night that I must go and gather him some blos- 
soms and herbs in a certain country where excellent 
ones grow, they will make him young again, and 
we must set out early." 

Love Blossom and Night Belle, who knew that 
their mother only wanted to lose them, were very 
much grieved at these words. They were obliged 
however to go, and they went so far that such a 
long journey was never made. Finetta, who did 
not say a word, kept behind the others, and shook 
her ashes with great skill, so that the wind and the 
rain did it no hurt. The Queen, who was per- 
suaded that they could not find the way back again, 
watched one evening when all three were fast 
asleep, and took that time to leave them and return 
home. 

When it grew light and Finetta knew that her 
mother was not there, she waked her sisters. " We 
are here alone," said she, " the Queen has gone 
away." Love Blossom and Night Belle began to 
cry, they tore their hair, and scratched their faces 
with their nails. They cried out, " Alas, what shall 
we do ?" Finetta was the best girl in the world, 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 119 

she still pitied her sisters. " See to what I expose 
myself," said she, " for when my godmother gave 
me the means of returning, she forbade me to teach 
you the road, and said that if I disobeyed her, she 
would never see me again." Night Belle threw 
herself on Finetta's neck, and so did Love Blossom. 
They caressed her so tenderly, that she could not 
help taking them back with her to the King and 
Queen's house. 

Their majesties were very much surprised to see 
the princesses again. They talked about them all 
night, and the youngest, who was not named Fine 
Ear for nothing, heard them making a new plot, 
and saying that the next day the Queen would be- 
gin the campaign. She ran to wake her sisters ; 
" Alas," said she to them, " we are lost, the Queen 
means to carry us into some desert and leave us 
there. On your account I have vexed my god- 
mother, I dare not go to find her as I have always 
done." The sisters were in great trouble, and said 
to each other, " what shall we do, sister, what shall 
we do?" At last Night Belle said to the two oth- 
ers, " do not let us be troubled, old Merlusia has 
not so much skill that there is not any left for oth- 
ers ; we have only to take along some peas, we 
will drop them as we walk, and they will mark our 
path back." Love Blossom thought the expedient 
an admirable one. They loaded themselves with 
peas, they filled their pockets with them. As to 
Fine Ear, instead of taking peas she took her bag 



120 FAIRY STOSIES. 

of fine dresses, with the little box of diamonds, and 
as soon as the Queen, called on them to set out, they 
were all ready. 

She said to them, " I dreamed last night there is 
in a country which I need not name, three fine 
princes who are waiting to marry you, I am going 
to carry you there to see if my dream is true." 
The Queen went first, and her daughters followed 
after. They dropped the peas, and felt no un- 
easiness, for they were certain of finding their way 
back. This time the Queen went farther than she 
• had ever done before, but in the course of a dark 
night she quitted them, and returned to the King. 
She got home very tired, and very glad not to have 
any longer such a large family on her hands. 

The three princesses having slept till eleven 
o'clock in the morning, woke up. Finetta perceived 
first the absence of the Queen ; much as she was 
prepared for it, she could not help weeping. She 
trusted more for their return, to her godmother, 
the Fairy, than to the skill of her sisters. She 
went to tell them in alarm that the Queen was gone, 
and they must follow her as quickly as possible. 
" Hold your tongue little prater," replied Love 
Blossom, " we can find our way back when we 
please, you are playing the part of mother in trouble 
at the wrong time." But when they began to find 
their way back there was no track nor path, the 
pigeons, of which there were many in that country, 
had eaten up the peas. They began to weep and 



F1NETTA CINDRETTA. 121 

cry aloud. After they had been two days without 
eating any thing, Love Blossom said to Night 
Belle, "have you nothing to eat?" " No," said 
she. She said the same thing to Finetta. " I 
have nothing more," said she, "but I have just 
found an acorn." " Ah, give it to me," said one, 
" give it to me," said the other, each one wishing 
to have it, " We shall none of us be satisfied with 
one acorn divided between three," said Finetta, " let 
us plant it, another will grow upon it which we can 
use," 

They consented to this, though there was no ap- 
pearance that a tree would come from it, for there 
were none in that country, where nothing was to 
be seen but lettuce and cabbages, of which the prin- 
cesses ate. If they had been very delicate, they 
would have died an hundred times. They slept 
almost always under the open sky, but every morn- 
ing and evening they went to water their acorn, 
and said to it, " grow, grow pretty acorn," and soon 
it began to grow so fast that you could see it. 
When it was somewhat large, Love Blossom wished 
to climb it, but it was not strong enough to bear 
her, she felt it bend under her, and so she came 
down. Night Belle had the same adventure. Fi- 
netta was lighter, and she kept upon it for some 
time, and her sisters asked, " do you see nothing, 
sister." She answered, " no, I see nothing." "Ah, 
it is because the oak is not high enough," said 
Love Blossom. So they continued to water it and 
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122 FAIRY STORIES. 

to say to it, " grow, grow pretty acorn. " Finetta 
never failed to climb it twice a day. One morning 
when she was upon it, Night Belle said to Love 
Blossom, " I have found a bag which our sister has 
concealed from us, what can there be in it ?" Love 
Blossom answered, " she told me it was old laces 
she was mending, but I believe it is sugar plums." 
She was always dainty, and wished to look into 
the bag. There was in it to be sure all the King 
and Queen's laces, but they served to hide the beau- 
tiful dresses of Finetta and the box of diamonds. 
" Ho, ho, here is a little cheat," cried she, " we will 
take every thing for ourselves, and put stones in 
their place." They did so quickly. Finetta re- 
turned without perceiving the wickedness of her 
sisters, for she did not think it best to dress herself 
in a desert, she thought only of the oak, which was 
becoming the most beautiful of all trees. 

Once she had climbed it, and her sisters, accord- 
ing to their custom, asked her if she saw any thing, 
and she cried out, " I spy a great house, so beauti- 
ful, so beautiful that I cannot describe it, the waUs 
are emeralds and rubies, the roof of diamonds, it is 
all covered with bells of gold, the weathercocks go 
and come like the wind." " You speak falsely," 
said they, "it is not so beautiful as you say." 
" Believe me," replied Finetta, " I am not a liar, 
come and see for yourselves, my eyes are all daz- 
zled." Love Blossom mounted the tree. When 
she saw the castle, she could not keep silence, 



FINETTA C1NDRETTA. 123 

Night Belle, who was very curious, did not fail to 
mount in her turn, she was as much ravished as 
her sisters. " Certainly," said she, " we must go 
to this palace, perhaps we shall find there fine prin- 
ces, who will be too happy to marry us." Though 
the evening was long, they talked of nothing else 
but their design, they lay down upon the grass, but 
when Finetta seemed sound asleep, Love Blossom 
said to Night Belle, " do you know what is to be 
done, sister ? let us get up and dress ourselves in 
these rich clothes which Finetta has brought." 

"You are right," said Night Belle. So they 
arose, dressed their hair, powdered themselves, then 
they put patches of court plaster on their faces, and 
dressed themselves in the beautiful gold and silver 
robes, all covered with diamonds. 

Finetta did not know how wickedly her sisters 
had robbed her. She took her bag, with the design 
of dressing herself, but she was greatly afflicted 
when she found nothing but pebbles in it. She 
perceived, at the same time, that her sisters were 
brilliant as the sun. She wept and complained of 
the manner in which they had robbed her, but they 
only laughed at and jeered her. " Is it possible," 
said she to them, " that you have courage to take 
me to the castle without my being dressed and or- 
namented ?" " There are no dresses for you," re- 
plied Love Blossom, " if you tease us you will only 
get beaten." "But," urged she, "these dresses 



124 FAIRY STORIES. 

you are wearing are mine, my godmother gave 
them to me, you have nothing to do with them." 

" If you say any thing more," said they, " we 
will beat you till you die, and we will bury you 
without any one knowing of it." Poor Finetta took 
care not to enrage them, she followed them quietly 
and walked a little behind. She was supposed to 
be their servant. 

The nearer they approached the house, the more 
wonderful it seemed to them. "Ha," said Love 
Blossom and Night Belle, u what pleasure we shall 
have, how we shall feast, we shall set at the King's 
table, but as for Finetta, she shall wash the dishes 
in the kitchen, for she is dressed like a slattern, and 
if any one asks who she is, we will take care not to 
call her our sister. We will say she is the little 
cow girl of the village." Finetta, who was fair and 
sensible, was in despair at this ill treatment. When 
they came to the door of the castle, they knocked. 
Immediately a dreadful old woman opened to them, 
she had only one eye, in the middle of her fore- 
head, but it was larger than five or six common 
ones ; she had such a flat nose, and so horrible 
a mouth, that she frightened one. She was 
fifteen feet high and thirty round. " Oh, unfortu- 
nate creatures, what brings you here," cried she, 
" do you not know that this is the castle of the 
Ogre, and that you would hardly make him one 
breakfast ? But I am better than my husband, come 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 125 

in, I will not eat you all at once, you shall have the 
consolation of living two or three days more." 

When they heard the Ogress speak thus, they 
ran away, thinking to save themselves, but a single 
one of her steps made fifty of theirs. She ran after 
them and caught them, one by the hair, the others 
by the neck, and taking them under her arms she 
threw them all three into the cellar, which was 
filled with toads and serpents, and w T here they could 
only step on the bones of those w r ho had been eaten. 

As she meant to eat up Finetta for a salad, she 
went to look for some vinegar, oil and salt, but she 
heard the Ogre coming, and finding that the prin- 
cesses had a very white and delicate skin, she re- 
solved to eat them all alone, and put them quickly 
under a great tub, where they could only look out 
through a hole. 

The Ogre w T as six times higher than his wife ; 
when he spoke, the house trembled, and when he 
coughed, it seemed as if it thundered. He had 
only one great ugly eye, his hair all stood upright. 
When the princesses saw him they trembled under 
the tab, they dared not cry aloud, for fear he should 
hear them, but they said in a low tone to each 
other, " he will eat us alive, how shall we save our- 
selves ?" The Ogre said to his wife, " I smell 
fresh meat, give me some, give me some." " Good," 
said the Ogress, " you are always smelling fresh 
meat, it is only a flock of sheep going by." " Oh, 
I know," said the Ogre, " I smell fresh meat, I will 



126 FAIRY STORIES. 

look every where for it." " Look," said she, " you 
will find nothing." " If I find it," said he, " and 
you are hiding it from me, I will cut off your head 
to make a ball of." 

This threat frightened the Ogress, and she said, 
" do not be angry, my little Ogrelet, I will tell you 
the whole truth. Three young girls came along 
to-day, whom I have taken, but it would be a pity 
to eat them, for they know how to do every thing. 
I am old, and ought to take my rest, you see our 
fine house is very dirty, our bread is not baked, you 
do not like our soup, and I do not look so handsome 
as I used to do, because I have killed myself with 
work. They shall be my servants, I beg you not 
to eat them now. If you wish to do it some other 
day, you can." 

It was hard for the Ogre to promise not to eat 
them up that moment. He said, " let me see, I 
will only eat two." " No, you shall not eat any of 
them." "Well, I will only eat the smallest." 
" But," she said, " no you shall not eat either of 
them." Finally, after many disputes, he promised 
not to eat them, and she thought, when he is gone 
hunting I will eat them, and I will tell him they 
ran away. 

The Ogre came out of the cellar, and told her to 
bring them to him. The poor girls were almost 
frightened to death. The Ogress comforted them, 
and when her husband saw them he asked them 
what they could do. They answered that they 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 127 

knew how to sweep, that they could sew and spin 
nicely, that they made such good ragouts that peo- 
ple ate the very dishes they were served on. 
That as to bread, cakes and pies, theirs were sought 
for a thousand leagues round. The Ogre was 
dainty, and he said, " well, well, let us set these 
smart cooks to work." Then turning to Finetta, 
he said, "but when you heat the oven, how do you 
tell when it is hot enough?" " Sir," replied she, 
" I throw some butter into it, and then taste it with 
my tongue." "Come then," said he, "light the 
fire." The oven was as large as a stable, for the 
Ogre and Ogress ate more bread than two armies. 
The princess made up a terrible fire in it, and when 
it was burning like a furnace, the Ogre sat by, and 
w T hile waiting for the new bread, ate a hundred 
lambs and a hundred roasting pigs. Love Blossom 
and Night Belle were moulding the paste, when 
master Ogre called out, " Oh well, is the oven hot '?" 
Finetta answered, "we will see, my Lord." So 
she threw a thousand pounds of butter on the bottom 
of the oven, and said to him, " it must be tried with 
the tongue, but I am too small to do it in this large 
oven." "I am large enough," said the Ogre, and 
stooping down he leaned so far forward that he 
could not get back, and was burned up, bones and 
all. When the Ogress came to the oven, she was 
astonished to find a mountain of ashes made out of 
her husband's bones. 



128 FAIRY STORIES. 

Love Blossom and Night Belle seeing her very 
much afflicted, comforted her as well as they could, 
but they feared that her grief would be but too soon 
appeased, and that her appetite coming back, she 
would dress them for a salad as she had before 
thought of doing. 

They said to her, " take courage, madam, you 
will find some king or marquis who will be happy 
to marry you." She smiled a little, showing teeth 
longer than a finger. When they saw her in good 
humor, Finetta said to her, " If you would leave off 
this horrible bear skin in which you are dressed, 
and fix yourself in the fashion, we would arrange 
your hair and make you look like a star." "Let 
us see," said she, " whether you understand that 
business, but be sure that if there are any ladies 
prettier than I am, I will make mince meat of you." 
Therefore the three princesses took off her cap, and 
began to comb and dress her hair, amusing her with 
their gossip, while Finetta took up an axe and com- 
ing behind gave her a violent blow, which cut her 
head from her body. 

Never was such rejoicing. They climbed on the 
top of the house to ring the golden bells, they went 
into all the chambers, where were pearls and dia- 
monds, and such rich furniture that they almost 
died with joy. They laughed and sung, nothing 
was wanting, corn, sweetmeats, fruits and dolls in 
abundance. Love Blossom and Night Belle lay 
down in beds of brocade and velvet, and they said 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 129 

to each other, " we are richer than our father was 
before he lost his kingdom. But we should like to 
have some gentlemen to pay their court to us, no 
one will come here, this house passes for a cut- 
throat place, for people do not know that the Ogre 
and Ogress are dead. We must go to the next city 
to show our fine clothes, and we shall not be there 
long before we shall find some fine gentlemen who 
will be very glad to marry princesses." 

As soon as they were dressed they told Finetta 
that they were going to walk, but that she must 
stay at home and do the house work and the wash- 
ing, so that when they came home every thing 
might be neat and clean, and that if she did not do 
so they would beat her. 

Poor Finetta, who was grieved at heart, stayed at 
home alone, sweeping, cleaning, washing, without 
any rest, and crying all the time. ' f How unfortu- 
nate I am," said she, " for having disobeyed my 
godmother, all sorts of troubles befall me, my sisters 
have stolen my rich clothes and dress themselves in 
them. If it had not been for me the Ogre and his 
wife would have been alive and well, and what ad- 
vantage do I gain from having killed them. It 
would have been as well for me to have been eaten 
up alive." Saying this she cried till she was al- 
most suffocated. 

Her sisters soon came home, loaded with Portu- 
guese oranges, sweetmeats and sugar, and they 
said, " Ah, what a beautiful ball we have come from, 
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130 FAIRY STORIES. 

how many people there were there, the King's son 
was there, he paid us a thousand compliments. 
Come undress and brush us, for that is your busi- 
ness." Finetta obeyed, and if by chance she wished 
to make a word of complaint, they fell upon and 
beat her half to death. 

The next day they went again, and came back to 
relate more wonders. One evening when Finetta 
was seated near the fire on a pile of ashes, not 
knowing what to do, she looked in the cracks of the 
chimney, and found there a little key, so old and 
dirty that she had all the trouble in the world to 
clean it. When it was clean, she knew it was of 
gold, and thought that a golden key must open a 
beautiful little trunk. She then began to run 
through the house, trying the key in the locks, and 
finally she found a remarkable box. She opened 
it, there were in it dresses, diamonds, laces, linen 
and ribbons of immense price. She did not say a 
word of her good fortune, but waited impatiently 
till her sisters went out the next day. As soon as 
they were out of sight, she dressed herself, so that 
she was more beautiful than the sun and moon. 

Thus arrayed, she went to the same ball where 
her sisters were dancing, and though she wore no 
mask, she was so much improved by her dress that 
they did not know her. As soon as she appeared 
in the assembly, a murmur of voices arose, some of 
admiration, and others of jealousy. She was asked 
to dance, and surpassed all the ladies in dancing as 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 131 

she did in beauty. The mistress of the house came 
to her, and having made her a low curtesy, begged 
her to tell her what she should call her, that she 
might never forget the name of such a wonderful 
person. She replied politely that her name was 
Cindretta. All the lovers forsook their ladies for 
Cindretta; there was no poet who did not make 
rhymes to Cindretta, never was a little name which 
made so much noise in so short a time. The echoes 
only repeated the praises of Cindretta. There 
were not eyes enough to behold her, nor lips enough 
to praise her. 

Love Blossom and Night Belle, who had made 
at first a great noise in the places where they had 
appeared, seeing the reception which was given to 
this new comer, almost died with vexation. But 
Finetta got out of that trouble with the best grace 
in the world. It seemed by her air that she was 
made only to command. Love Blossom and Night 
Belle, who being accustomed to see their sister in a 
working dress, had so lost the idea of her beauty 
that they did not know her at all, they paid their 
court to Cindretta as all the rest of the world did. 
When she saw the ball was nearly ended, she went 
out quickly, and returning home, undressed herself 
and took her rags again. When her sisters came, 
" Ah, Finetta, we have just seen," said they, "a 
young princess who is every way charming, she is 
not an ugly ape like you, she is white as the snow, 
redder than the rose, her teeth are pearls, her lips 



132 FAIRY STORIES. 

are coral, she has a dress which is worth more than 
a thousand pounds, for it is all gold and diamonds, 
how beautiful she is, how amiable she is." Finetta 
answered between her teeth, " So, was I, so was I." 
" What are you humming," said the sisters. Fi- 
netta replied in a still lower tone, " so was I." 
This game went on for some time. There was 
hardly a day in which Finetta did not change her 
dress, for the trunk was an enchanted one, and the 
more there was taken out, the more there came in, 
and every thing was so exactly in the fashion that 
the ladies dressed themselves only after her model. 

One evening when Finetta had danced more than 
she commonly did, and when she retired rather 
late, wishing to make up for lost time and reach 
home a little before her sisters, as she was walking 
with all her might, she dropped one of her slippers, 
which was of red velvet, all embroidered with 
pearls. She tried to find it in the road, but the 
night was so dark that her labor was in vain. She 
returned home with a shoe on one foot, and one 
bare foot. 

The next day Prince Cheeryble, the King's eldest 
son, as he was going to hunt, found Finetta's slip- 
per. He picked it up, looked at it, admired the 
small size and neatness of it, turned it round and 
round, kissed it and carried it away with him. 
From that day he refused food ; he became thin and 
altered, as yellow as a quince, and sad and low 
spirited. The King and Queen, who loved him 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 133 

desperately, sent him every day fresh game and 
sweetmeats, but he cared for none of them. He 
looked at them, and said not a word when the 
Queen spoke to him. They sent every where for 
doctors, even to Paris and London. When they 
arrived they visited the prince, and after having 
considered his case three days and three nights, they 
came to the conclusion that he was in love, and that 
he would die if a remedy could not be found. 

The Queen, who loved him to folly, w T ept till she 
almost turned into water, at not being able to dis- 
cover her whom he loved, that she might be per- 
suaded to marry him. She carried the most 
beautiful ladies into his chamber, he would not 
deign to look at them. Finally she said to him, 
" my dear son, your grief will destroy you, for you 
love and you hide from us your sentiments, tell us 
whom you would have, and we will give her to you 
if she is only a simple shepherdess." 

The prince, emboldened by the promise of the 
Queen, drew the slipper from under his pillow, and 
having shown it to her, " Here is, madam," said he, 
" the cause of my illness. I found this little plump, 
delicate pretty slipper as I was going to hunt, I will 
never marry any one whom this slipper does not 
fit." " Ah, well, my son," said the Queen, " do not 
afflict yourself, we w T ill cause her to be sought for." 
She w r ent to tell the King this news. He was 
greatly surprised, and commanded that it should be 
announced with drums and trumpets, that all the 
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134 FAIRY STORIES. 

girls and women should come and try on the slip- 
per, and that she whom it should fit should marry 
the prince. All having heard this proclamation 
prepared their feet with baths, pastes and pom- 
mades. They went in crow T ds to try on the slipper, 
and the more there came for nothing, the more w T as 
the disease of the prince increased. 

Love Blossom and Night Belle dressed them- 
selves one day so fine that any one might be aston- 
ished. "Where are you going?" said Finetta. 
" We are going to the great city," said they, " where 
the King and the Queen live, to try on the slipper 
which the King's son has found, for if it fits either 
of us he will marry her and we shall be Queens." 
"And I," said Finetta, " may not I go ?" "You 
are a silly goose," said they, " go water our cabba- 
ges, you are good for nothing else." 

Finetta thought she too would put on her fine 
clothes, and that she would go and make the same 
trial with the others, for she had some little suspi- 
cion that she might take a good part in it. But 
her trouble was that she did not know the way, the 
ball where she had danced was not in the great 
city. She dressed herself magnificently ; her robe 
was of blue satin, all covered with stars and dia- 
monds, she had a sun on her head, a full moon on 
her back, and every thing about her shone so 
brightly that one could not look at it without his 
eyes twinkling. When she opened the door to go 
out, she was very much astonished to find the pretty 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 135 

Spanish horse who formerly carried her to her god- 
mother. She caressed him and said, " Welcome 
my little pony, I am obliged to my godmother Mer- 
lusia." He stooped down, and she seated herself 
upon him like a nymph. He was all covered with 
golden bells and ribbons, his housing and bridle 
were of great value, and Finetta looked thirty 
times more beautiful than the fair Helen. 

The Spanish horse went lightly ; his bells said 
" ding, ding, ding ding." Love Blossom and Night 
Belle having heard them, turned round and saw 
him coming, but at that moment what was their 
surprise. They discovered the rider to be Finetta 
Cindretta. They were all muddy, their fine dresses 
were covered with dirt. " Sister," cried Love 
Blossom, speaking to Night Belle, " I protest to you 
here is Finetta Cindretta." The other cried out in 
the same manner, and Finetta passed near them, 
her horse spattered them, and covered them with a 
mask of mud. The horse began to laugh, and said 
to them, " your highnesses, Cindretta despises you 
as much as you deserve," then shooting by like an 
arrow they were out of sight in a moment. Night 
Belle and Love Blossom looked at each other. 
" Are we dreaming," said they, " who can have 
furnished Finetta with a dress and a horse ? What 
a wonder, fortune favors her, she is going to try on 
the slipper, and we shall have our trouble for noth- 
ing." 



VS6 FAIRY STORIES. 

While they were falling into despair, Finetta 
reached the palace. As soon as she was perceived, 
every one thought she must be a Queen, the guards 
presented their arms, the drums beat, the trumpets 
sounded, the doors were opened, and those who had 
seen her at the ball went to meet her, saying, 
" make way, make way, it is the fair Cindretta, the 
wonder of the world." 

She entered with this cavalcade into the chamber 
of the dying prince. He threw his eyes upon her, 
and remained charmed, wishing that she might 
have a foot small enough to put on the slipper. 
She put it on immediately, and displayed the mate 
to it, which she had brought for the purpose. At 
the same time the people shouted, " Long live the 
princess Cheeryble, long live the princess who is to 
be our Queen." The prince rose from his couch 
and came to kiss her hands. She found him hand- 
some and full of wit. He made her a thousand 
compliments. The King and Queen were sum- 
moned ; they ran in haste, and the Queen took Fi- 
netta in her arms, called her daughter and little 
one, and her little Queen, making her the richest 
presents, which however were exceeded by those of 
the King. They fired cannon; violins, pipes, every 
thing was played, and nothing was talked of but 
dancing and rejoicing. 

The King, the Queen, and the prince besought 
Cindretta to marry the latter. " No," said she, " I 



FINETTA CINDRETTA. 137 

must first tell you my story," which she did in four 
words. When they discovered she was born a 
princess, there was a new joy, they almost died of 
it, but when she told them the name of the King 
her father, and the Queen her mother, they discov- 
ered that it was themselves who had conquered 
their kingdom, they announced it to her, and she 
declared she would not consent to the marriage with 
the prince until they restored his kingdom to her 
father. This they promised to do, for they had 
more than a hundred kingdoms, and one more or 
less was no great affair. 

Meantime Night Belle and Love Blossom arrived 
at the palace. The first news they heard was that 
Cindretta had put on the slipper. They did not 
know what to say or what to do. They wished to 
turn back without seeing her, but when she knew 
that they were there, she caused them to be brought 
in, and instead of making faces at them and punish- 
ing them as they deserved, she went to meet them, 
and embracing them tenderly, presented them to the 
Queen, saying to her, " Madam, here are my sis- 
ters, I beg you to love them." They were so con- 
fused at Finetta's goodness that they could not 
speak a word. She promised them that they should 
return to their kingdom, which the King was about 
to restore to their family. At these words they fell 
on their knees before her, weeping for joy. 

The wedding festivities were the most splendid 



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FAIRY STORIES. 



which were ever seen. Finetta wrote to her god- 
mother, and put her letter with splendid presents 
on the pretty Spanish horse, begging her to find the 
King and Queen and to tell them her good fortune, 
and that they had only to return to their own king- 
dom when they pleased. 

The Fairy Merlusia acquitted herself very well 
of this task. The father and mother of Finetta 
returned to their Kingdom, and her sisters grew 
much better girls, and at last became Queens. 




139 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS OF 
ROLAND. 

TRANSLATED, WITH ALTERATIONS, FROM THE GERMAN OF MUSAEUS. 

There was once a famous warrior named Roland. 
He had conquered his enemies in a great many- 
battles, but at last his fortune forsook him, and after 
a bloody combat he was found dead upon the field. 
His three trusty followers bitterly lamented his 
death, but now that they had no one upon whom it 
was their duty to attend, they turned their backs on 
the bloody scene of their master's misfortune, and 
went forward to see what might next befall them. 

After they had traveled all day, and all night, 
and all the next day, and had seen no place where 
they could ask for food, and shelter, they saw at a 
distance a light, and finding it proceeded from a 
crack in a rock, which formed the entrance to a 
cavern, they knocked and asked for admittance. 
After considerable delay, an opening was made, and 
they were admitted to the cavern by an old woman 
who was frightfully ugly. She received them very 
ungraciously, but after a good deal of scolding, con- 
sented to give them food and lodging, provided they 
would stay for three days and three nights, and 
during that time do every thing she told them to 
do, without asking any questions, or making any 
objections. The old woman was very disagreeable, 



140 FAIRY STORIES. 

and the cavern was very uninviting, but the Knights 
were hungry, and tired, and at last they consented. 
They stayed the three days and the three nights, 
and observed her orders exactly in every thing. 
She in return provided them with food and lodging, 
and at the end of the time told them, they might 
depart in peace. But before they left her, Sarron, 
who was the wisest of the three, said to her, " it is 
not the custom of our country to suffer guests to de- 
part without some present, we have served you 
without thanks or wages ; you have scolded and 
vexed us for a bit of bread and a cup of water. 
Have we not fed the fire under your kettle, and 
brought back to you your house companion, the 
black cat, who had run away from you ? Shall we 
have nothing for this and the other important servi- 
ces we have rendered you ?" 

The old mother Druidess, seemed to think the 
matter over. Like other old women, she was of 
rather a stingy nature, and not very fond of giving 
things away ; but she had taken a fancy to the 
young men, and she seemed inclined to listen to the 
request. " Let us see," said she, " whether I can 
find something, by which each of you can remember 
me." — So saying, she tripped into her rubbish 
chamber, and searched about there for a long time, 
opened and shut chests, and rattled her keys as 
if she had a city with an hundred gates under her 
keeping. After a long delay she made her appear- 
ance, carrying something hidden in her apron, and 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 141 

turning to the wise Sarron, she said, " Who shall 
have what I hold in my hand?" He answered, 
" Andiol, the sword-bearer." She drew out a rusty 
copper penny, and said, " take it, and tell me who 
shall have what I hold in my hand ?" The Knight, 
who was not much pleased with his present, said 
angrily, " he who will may take it, what do I care ?" 
The Druidess said, "who shall have it?" He then 
pointed to Amarin, the shield-bearer; and she gave 
him a dinner napkin of fine damask, nicely washed 
and folded. Sarron kept on the watch, and hoped 
to get the best, but he received nothing but the 
thumb of an old leather glove, for which he was 
greatly laughed at by his companions. 

The three companions now went their way, tak- 
ing a cold farewell of the old woman, without 
thanking her for her paltry presents. They felt 
disposed to say some not very civil things to her; 
but they felt afraid of her magic power, of which 
they had had some proofs during their stay in her 
cavern. After they had gone some distance, An- 
diol began to complain that they had not fared 
better in the cave of the Druidess. " Did you not 
hear, comrades," said he, " how the hag searched 
about in her plunder shop, to find what she has 
sent us off with. Her chests were undoubtedly full 
of riches and treasures. If we had been wise, we 
should have got possession of her magic rod, with- 
out which she can do nothing; we might then 
have pushed forward into her treasury, and taken, 
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142 FAIRY STORIES. 

as the soldiers do, after a battle, what we pleased, 
and not have suffered ourselves to be fooled by an 
old woman." 

The angry Knight talked long in this manner, 
and concluded by taking out his rusty copper, and 
throwing it away in a rage. Amarin followed the 
example of his companion, he swung his napkin 
over his head, and said, " what do I want of a nap- 
kin in the wilderness, where we have nothing to 
eat ; if we were seated at a plenteous table, a nap- 
kin would be of use." He threw it away as he 
said these words, and the wind took it and blew it 
toward a bramble bush, where it was caught. The 
discreet Sarron, however, suspected some hidden 
virtue in these despised gifts, and blamed the 
thoughtlessness of his companions, who only looked 
at the outside of things ; he preached, however, to 
dull ears. But they could not persuade him to rid 
himself of his unpromising glove thumb ; on the 
contrary, he tried every way to discover some virtue 
in it. He drew it on the thumb of his right hand 
without any effect; he then changed it to the left; 
and in this way they proceeded on for some time. 
Suddenly Amarin paused and said in astonish- 
ment, " where has friend Sarron stopped, he is 
surely going to pick up what we have thrown 
away." Sarron heard these words in surprise. A 
cold sweat came over him, and he could hardly 
conceal his joy, for the secret of the thumb was 
now revealed to him. His comrades stopped to 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 143 

await him, but he walked briskly some paces for- 
ward, and when he was at a little distance, he cried 
out, " lazy fellows, what keeps you behind." The 
listening friends heard the voice of their companion 
in front, when they had supposed him to be behind 
them. They doubled their speed, and ran hastily 
past him without perceiving him. He was now 
greatly pleased, for he was certain that the thumb 
made him invisible. He kept along for some time 
without explaining the matter to his friends, till 
they began to fear that he had fallen from some 
rock into the valley and broken his neck, and that 
it was his spirit which w T as now r floating near them. 
Tired at last of this sport, Sarron again made 
himself visible, and informed his wondering com- 
panions of the virtue of his thumb, and rebuked 
them for their thoughtlessness in throwing away 
their presents. After they had recovered from their 
surprise, they ran back to regain the possession of 
the despised gifts of the Druidess. Amarin shouted 
aloud, as he saw in the distance the napkin, which 
the bramble bush, notwithstanding the efforts of the 
wind to take it away, had held faster than many a 
chest of deposit, with all its locks and keys, holds 
the inheritance of the orphan. It was more trouble 
to find again in the grass the rusty copper ; but 
interest and avarice, gave the searching owner 
argus eyes, and served him as a wishing rod to 
conduct his steps, to the place where his treasure 
lay hidden. A high leap in the air, and a loud cry 



144 FAIRY STORIES. 

of joy announced the fortunate discovery of the 
rusty copper. 

The traveling companions had become very 
tired with their long walk, and sought the shade of 
a forest tree to hide them from the piercing rays of 
the sun ; for it was noon, and hunger began to 
remind them that it was near the hour when its 
claims were usually attended to. Notwithstanding 
this, the three adventurers were very gay, their 
hearts swelled with hope, and the two who had not 
yet discovered the power of their presents, were 
making every attempt to discover it. Andiol laid 
his little property together, added to it the copper, 
and began to count, forwards, backwards, from right 
to left, from left to right, from above, from below, 
without finding any peculiar virtue in his penny. 
Amarin had placed himself on one side, and having 
tied his napkin respectfully to his button hole, said 
his Benedicite with due devotion, and opened wide 
the folding doors of his capacious bread-basket, and 
expected nothing less than that a roasted partridge 
should fly into his mouth ; but these proceedings 
were much too awkward to set the magic napkin to 
work ; so he returned to his companions to await 
what would happen. 

When Amarin joined his friends again, Sarron 
in a joking manner pulled his napkin from his 
hand, opened it on the grass under the tree, and 
cried, " here comrades, the table is spread, let the 
power of the napkin now place upon it a well 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 145 

cooked ham, and white bread." Scarcely had he 
spoken these words, than nice white biscuit show- 
ered down from the tree upon the cloth ; and at the 
same time an old fashioned deep dish appeared, in 
which was a fine boiled ham. Astonishment, and 
a desire to eat formed a singular contrast in the 
faces of the hungry table companions, but hunger 
overpowered every other feeling, and they fell to 
work without hesitation, and did not speak a word 
till the last scrap of meat was picked from the bone. 
Hunger was fully silenced, but its twin brother, 
thirst, announced his presence, which was the less 
remarkable as Sarron had observed that the ham 
was somewhat salt. The impatient Andiol began 
to express his discontent at this half meal, as he 
called it. 

" He who feeds me without drink, 
Deserves but slender praise, I think," 

said he, and added several rude remarks about the 
wonderful powers of the napkin. Amarin, who did 
not like to have his property underrated, took the 
cloth by the four corners to put it away, with the 
dish ; but when he placed his hand upon it, the 
dish and the ham bone had vanished. " Brother," 
said he, " if you will be my guest in future, ' take 
what my table offers, and seek for the relief of your 
thirst a cooling spring, as for drink, that comes from 
another page,' " and as the proverb says, 

" Where a Bake-house you espy, 
There you find no Brewery." 
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146 FAIRY STORIES. 

" Well remarked," answered the cunning Sarron, 
"let us see what your other page says." He then 
took the napkin, and spread it with the other side 
up on the grass, with the wish that the spirit in 
waiting would give them a good pitcher of water, 
with glasses to their need, and in a moment every 
thing was before them which they wanted, to 
enable them to quench their thirst. 

The young men were now so happy, they would 
not have exchanged places with the Emperor 
Charles upon his throne. Even Andiol, the fault- 
finder, did not neglect to do justice to the virtues of 
the napkin ; and if the property had been for sale, 
he would willingly have given for it the rusty cop- 
per with all its unknown virtues. This however, be- 
came of more value to him than ever, and he was 
constantly handling it to try to discover its good 
qualities. He drew it out to examine the stamp 
upon it, every trace of which, however, was effaced, 
he turned it over to examine the other side. That 
w 7 as the right method to invite the copper to display 
its powers. When he found on that side too that 
there was neither image nor superscription, and was 
about to put up the penny, he found underneath 
the wonderful copper a gold piece of equal size and 
thickness. He repeated the operation by way of 
experiment, two or three times, without being ob- 
served by his companions, and found the manoeuvre 
successful. With unrestrained joy, Andiol, the 
sword-bearer, rose from his seat on the grass, 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 147 

sprung like a deer around the tree, and cried as 
loud as he could, " comrades I have it, I have it," 
and then concealed from them no part of his won- 
derful process. In the first flame of his enthusiasm, 
he proposed that they should immediately return 
and seek the benevolent mother Druidess, and 
throw themselves at her feet, and thank her for her 
goodness. A similar desire filled them all. They 
gathered their things together, and took their way 
back, whence they came. But either their eyes 
were bewildered, or their memories failed them, or 
the Druidess purposely concealed herself from them ; 
it was impossible for them to find any trace of the 
grotto, though they had crossed the Pyrenees, and 
the mountain where they had met with their adven- 
tures was far behind them, before they remarked 
that they had lost their way, and found themselves 
on the road to the kingdom of Leon. 

After a consultation it was decided that they 
should follow this route, and take the lead of their 
own noses. The happy trio saw now that they 
were in possession of the most remarkable gifts ; 
that if they did not insure exactly the greatest hap- 
piness in the world, yet they formed the foundation 
for the fulfillment of every wish. The old leathern 
glove thumb, unsightly as it was, had all the virtues 
of the celebrated ring, which was formerly possessed 
by Gyges ; the rusty copper was as good and useful 
as the purse of Fortunatus ; and the napkin was 
equal in virtue to the most celebrated magic talis- 



148 FAIRY STORIES. 

mans ever known. To secure to each other the 
enjoyment of these glorious presents, in all their 
necessities, the three companions made an agree- 
ment never to separate from each other, and to use 
their goods in common. Meantime, each one, as is 
usual, thought the virtues of his own article the 
greatest. The wise Sarron maintained, that his 
thumb united in itself all the powers of the other 
two, — it allows me to go into the houses of plenty, 
and open cellars and kitchens, I enjoy the privi- 
leges of parlor flies, that of eating with the King 
from his own spoon, without any one preventing 
me. I can empty the caskets of the rich, and make 
the treasures of Hindostan my own. 

Conversing in this way they arrived at Astorga, 
where King Garsias, of Upper Arabia, held his 
court, after his marriage with the Princess Urraca, 
of Arragonia, as celebrated for her coquetry, as for 
her beauty. The court was very splendid, and 
every thing magnificent and glorious, was to be 
found there. In the Pyrenean forests, the desires 
and wishes of the three wanderers were moderate, 
and circumscribed ; they enjoyed the gifts of the 
napkin ; and whenever they came to a shady tree, 
they spread it out, and kept open table. Six meals 
a day at least, they found necessary, and there was 
no kind of dainty with which they were not sup- 
plied. But on entering a royal city, new feelings 
were aroused in their bosoms ; they made great 
plans of improving their talents, and forcing them- 

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THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 149 

selves above the mass of the people to the station of 
lords. They all were smitten with the charms of 
the Princess Urraca, and thought her favor would 
help them greatly to advance their fortunes. These 
feelings created a jealousy of each other in their 
hearts; their bond of union was broken. They 
separated from each other, with only one condition, 
that no one should betray the secret of the others. 

Andiol, to go before his rivals, put his pocket 
mint immediately into operation ; he shut himself 
up in his solitary chamber, and was never tired of 
turning over the copper to fill his purse with gold 
pieces. As soon as he was well supplied, he estab- 
lished himself as a great Knight ; appeared at court, 
took an office, and soon by his splendor drew the 
eyes of all Astorga upon him. Curiosity inquired 
of what family he was, but he maintained on this 
point a mysterious silence, and allowed the wise to 
guess ; yet he did not contradict the report that his 
father was a man of high rank, and he called him- 
self Childeric, the son of Glory. 

Meantime the great pomp in which Andiol lived, 
and the profusion of money which he scattered 
about, attracted the attention of the Queen, who, 
beside being coquetish, was very fond of money. 
She felt desirous to know something more of a man 
who spent his riches in such an extravagant man- 
ner. He on his part omitted no effort to gain her 
attention, and soon succeeded in making himself a 
favorite. He gave every day feasts, tournaments, 



150 FAIRY STORIES. 

games, dinners, and made himself of great import- 
ance at court. Whatever wish was uttered by the 
Queen, was immediately fulfilled by the favorite. 
On occasion of a hunting party which Andiol ar- 
ranged in honor of his royal mistress, she expressed 
a wish before it took place, that the forest should be 
changed into a splendid park, with grottos, fish 
ponds, cascades, fountains, baths of Parisian marble, 
palaces, and colonades. Immediately many thou- 
sand hands were employed, to execute the great 
plan of the Queen, and improve upon it if possible. 
If things had gone on so much longer, the whole 
kingdom would have been changed ; a mountain 
would have stood in the place of a plain ; where the 
farmer ploughed, she desired to fish, and where 
boats floated, she wanted to ride races. The rusty 
copper was as little tired of producing so much 
money, as the inventive lady in using it; her only 
desire was to exhaust the means of the obstinate 
spendthrift, and bring him to ruin, that she might 
be rid of him. 

While Andiol was carrying on matters in such a 
shining way at court, Amarin was fattening upon 
the virtues of his napkin ; but envy and jealousy 
soon became the sauce to his food. " Am I not," 
said he, " as brave a Knight as Andiol, did I not 
serve the old Druidess as faithfully for the three 
days, and three nights ? Why did she divide her 
gifts so unequally ? He has all, and I have nothing. 
I am suffering in the midst of plenty. I have no 



THE THREE ERAVE KNIGHTS. 151 

clothes for my back, nor any money in my purse. 
He lives more gloriously than a Prince, shines at 
the court, and is a favorite with the fair Urraca." 

He suddenly folded up his napkin, put it in his 
pocket, and went to walk in the market place, just 
as the King's own cook was receiving a public 
whipping, because he had given the King an indi- 
gestion, by a badly prepared dish. When Amarin 
heard of this, it came into his mind that in a coun- 
try where so much was thought of cookery, without 
doubt the office of cook would be well paid. He 
immediately walked off to the royal kitchen, 
offered his services as a traveling cook, and re- 
quested that an hour's time should be given him to 
exhibit his skill, in any way which might be re- 
quired. 

The kitchen department at Astorga, was ac- 
knowledged to be of the highest importance in 
regard to the weal or woe of the state, — for the 
good or bad humor of the rulers depended in a great 
measure on the good or bad state of their stomachs. 
It was therefore a very reasonable principle to go as 
carefully to work in the choice of a royal cook, as 
in that of a prime minister. Amarin, whose out- 
ward appearance was not very attractive, (for he 
had very much the look of a vagabond,) was forced 
to use all his powers of eloquence, that is his 
boasting, to cause him to be received as an aspirant 
for the office of cook ; nothing but the bold and 
assured manner in which he spoke of his art in- 



152 FAIRY STORIES. 

duced the master of the kitchen to allow him to try 
his skill upon a sucking pig, in high flavor, in the 
preparation of which the most experienced cooks 
often fail. As he asked for the ingredients to pre- 
pare this dish, he betrayed such gross ignorance 
about it, that the whole kitchen troop could not 
help laughing. He paid no attention to this, how- 
ever, but shut himself up in a separate kitchen, 
kindled for appearance sake a great fire, silently 
spread out his napkin, and wished for the required 
dish to appear, prepared in the best manner. Im- 
mediately the delicate article came in the same old 
fashioned dish. Amarin took a little in a silver 
spoon, and handed it to the head taster for his ap- 
proval. He took a little on his tongue, for fear he 
should injure his teeth by tasting ill-prepared food. 
But to his surprise, he found the sauce most de- 
licious, and confessed it to be fit for the royal table. 
The King on account of his illness, had little appe- 
tite ; yet scarcely had the odor of the glorious pig, 
in high flavor, reached him, than his brow cleared 
up, and the horizon of it indicated fair weather. 

He desired to taste it ; he emptied one plate after 
another, and would have finished the whole pig, 
had not a feeling of regard towards his wife moved 
him to send her the remains of it. The monarch 
felt his spirits so much raised by the good dinner, 
he felt so refreshed and so active, that he consented 
to work with his minister, and even to settle some 
difficult affairs which had been long put off. The 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 153 

spring of such a glorious revolution was not for- 
gotten. The skillful Amarin was clothed in fine 
garments, he was conducted from the kitchen to the 
throne, and after a long compliment upon his tal- 
ents, he was appointed first royal cook, with the 
rank of Field Marshal. 

In a short time his glory reached the highest 
pinnacle. He excelled all the most celebrated 
cooks who ever figured in ancient or modern times ; 
nothing was too much for his art, and so well were 
his services repaid, that he rose to the post of 
Master of the Royal Kitchen, and at last to that of 
Major Domo. 

Such a shining meteor in the kitchen horizon, 
could not fail to attract the attention of the Queen. 
Until now she had had unbounded control over her 
husband, and led him where she pleased ; but she 
feared to lose her power through the influence of 
this new comer and favorite. She had been in the 
habit of maintaining her control over her husband, 
by finding out for him dainty soups, and ragouts, 
which always had the effect of putting him in good 
humor. But since the revolution in the kitchen, 
which had been brought about by Amarin's napkin, 
the cookery of the Queen had lost all its reputation. 
She once had the boldness to try to rival the major 
domo, in the preparation of one of his dishes ; but 
she failed entirely. Instead of obtaining a victory 
over Amarin, her dish was carried off untasted, and 
fell a prize to the waiters, and lacqueys. She ex- 
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154 FAIRY STORIES. 

hausted her invention in the preparation of costly 
meats ; Amarin's art could be excelled by nothing 
but itself. Under these circumstances, the Queen 
laid a plan, by art and flattery, to win the new 
major domo over to her side, and find out if possi- 
ble in what his art lay. He could not help being- 
pleased with the attentions of such a handsome 
woman, and a Queen, too ; and he promised her on 
the King's next birth day to prepare her something 
in his own way ; this was most successful, and the 
Queen called upon him whenever she wished ; and 
when he assisted her, nothing could exceed the 
King's delight at the taste of her dishes. 

The two soldiers were now playing the most 
shining parts at court. Though fate had brought 
them so near together, that they frequently dined at 
the same table, and both shared the favor of the 
fair Urraca; yet according to their agreement, they 
appeared as strangers to each other, and allowed 
nothing to be known of their former companionship. 
Neither of the two knew where the wise Sarron 
had vanished. He had by means of his glove 
thumb kept himself entirely out of sight, and en- 
joyed the advantages of it in a way, which though 
it could not be seen, fulfilled ail his wishes. He, as 
well as the others, had been charmed with the fair 
Queen, and had desired to make himself a favorite 
of hers. Since he had separated from his com- 
panions, he had gone invisibly from one of the 
royal pair to the other ; he enjoyed as before Ama- 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 155 

rin's napkin, and AndioFs purse. He filled his 
stomach with the remains of the table, and his 
pocket with the overflowings of AndioFs treasury, 
without being observed by either. His first care 
was to dress himself in a romantic costume, and 
throw himself in the way of the Queen, and make 
her acquaintance. For this purpose he put on a 
sky blue satin coat, with rose-colored under dress, 
like an Arcadian shepherd, leading his flock at a 
masquerade. In this dress, aided by the most ex- 
quisite perfumery, by the help of his wonderful 
gift, he visited the Queen in her private apartments. 
The Queen was just taking her afternoon nap, 
when she was roused by hearing a step in her 
room ; she raised her head, and asked the lady in 
waiting, whose office it was to keep off the flies 
with a bunch of peacock's feathers, " who had just 
entered the apartment ? " The lady in waiting set 
her peacock's feathers in motion again, and assured 
her there was no third person there, it must be a 
dream of her highness. The Princess was certain 
she had not been mistaken, and commanded the 
lady to go into the ante-chamber, and make some 
inquiries. While she left her stool to fulfill this 
command, the fly-flapper began to move of itself, 
and the Queen felt a cooling breeze, which breathed 
the odor of flowers, and the perfume of amber. At 
this appearance the Queen was seized with fear 
and trembling ; she sprang from her sofa, and was 
about to fly, when she felt herself held back by an 



156 FAIRY STORIES. 

invisible power, and perceived a voice which whis 1 - 
pered to her, " Fairest of mortals, fear nothing, yon 
are under the care of the powerful Fairy King called 
Damogorgon. Your charms have drawn me from 
the upper regions of the air into the lower atmos- 
phere of the earth, to do homage to your beauty." 
These words quieted the fears of the Queen, and 
when the lady returned, she was dismissed, and the 
Queen had a very pleasant talk with her Fairy 
lover. 

These conversations were frequently repeated ; 
and at last Sarron appeared to the Queen in his 
fanciful shepherd's dress. But as he was invisible 
for the most of the time, and attended the Queen 
wherever she went, he found she flattered his old 
companions, and treated them with as much inti- 
macy as she did him. This made him feel vexed, 
and jealous, and he resolved to play a little trick 
upon his old companion, Amarin. 

At a feast, where the Queen regaled her husband 
and the whole court, a covered dish was borne in, 
for which King Garsias saved his whole great ap- 
petite. Though it was one of the fruits of the 
charmed napkin, which now was working for the 
good of the Queen, the master of the kitchen had 
proclaimed aloud, that the cookery of the Queen 
this time so far excelled his own, that he should 
keep back his usual part of the preparations. This 
flattery pleased the Queen so much, that she repaid 
the major domo with the most delighted looks, 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 157 

which cut the invisible Sarron, who was all the 
while looking on, to the heart. " Well and good," 
said he to himself, " you shall not taste a morsel of 
it." As the waiter raised the cover, to the aston- 
ishment of all the attendants, the dainty contents of 
it vanished, and the dish was clean and empty. 
The greatest confusion and murmuring was heard 
among the waiters ; the carver in terror drop- 
ped his knife on the floor, and told the steward ; he 
ran to the head taster, and brought the jobs post, 
who whispered it immediately in the ear of his 
master; whereupon the major domo arose with an 
anxious, official look, and acquainted the Queen in 
a low tone with the melancholy news ; she at once 
turned pale, and called for Cologne water, 

The King meantime turned with intense curi- 
osity to the servant, who was to bring him care- 
fully the expected dainty. He looked sometimes to 
the right, sometimes to the left, after the dish, 
which he was awaiting ; but seeing the amazement 
of all the court servants, and how all were in their 
confusion stumbling over each other, he asked 
" what was the matter ?" At which the Queen 
summoning all her courage, announced to him in a 
sad tone, that an accident had happened, and that 
her dish could not appear. This unpleasant infor- 
mation the hungry monarch, as may reasonably be 
imagined, took much to heart ; he rose with vexa- 
tion from his chair, and retired to his apartment, 
during which hasty retreat, every one took care to 
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158 FAIRY STORIES. 

keep out of his way. The Queen did not stay 
long, but retired to her room herself, to call poor 
Amarin to a reckoning. 

Immediately the amazed major domo, who in his 
fear at the vanished dish, and the displeasure the 
King had shown upon the occasion, had kept out of 
sight, was ordered into the Queen's presence ; and 
while he in despair and anguish lay at the feet of 
his haughty mistress, she addressed him emphati- 
cally in these words : 

" Thankless traitor, do you value so little the 
favor of a Queen, that you dare to bring upon her 
the displeasure of her husband, and expose her to 
the derision of the whole court ? Did you repent 
your promise to prepare at my order the most glori- 
ous of dishes, and cause it to vanish, at the moment 
I was about to win the praise and admiration of all ? 
Reveal to me directly the secret of your art, or ex- 
pect the punishment for practicing magic, which 
you shall tomorrow receive, by suffering death in a 
lingering fire at the stake." 

This severe declaration, sent his blood hastily 
back to his heart, and he thought he could in no 
other way escape the rage of the Queen, than by a 
true explanation of the origin of his skill in cookery. 
When his gossiping tongue was once set in motion, 
and he had raised the suspicions of the Queen that 
the costly ragout must have been stolen away out 
of envy, he could no longer keep secret the adven- 
tures in the Pyrenees ; nor the generosity of the 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 159 

Druidess. By this true narration the Queen ar- 
rived at once at the long wished for knowledge of 
the characters of her three favorites ; and immedi- 
ately resolved to get possession herself of their 
magic talismans. 

As soon as the thoughtless prater had talked 
himself out, and had proved that he had not in- 
tended any insult to the Queen, she began to speak, 
and said with an angry look, " miserable wretch, do 
you think to save yourself and deceive me with a 
paltry falsehood ? Show me the wonders of your 
napkin, or dread my anger." 

He drew out his napkin, spread it, and asked the 
Queen what she would have placed upon it. She 
ordered a ripe nutmeg, in the green shell. Amarin 
gave orders to the spirit of the napkin, the old- 
fashioned dish appeared, and the Queen saw the 
ripe nutmeg in the shell, on a green branch, which 
Amarin on his knees offered to her surprised eyes. 
But instead of taking it, she seized the napkin, and 
threw it into an open box, which she shut hastily. 
The major domo finding himself thus betrayed, 
sank fainting upon the floor at seeing himself de- 
prived of all his earthly fortune. The cunning 
thief, however, gave a loud cry, and when her ser- 
vants entered, " This man," said she, " has been 
siezed with a falling sickness, take care of him, but 
never let him enter my presence again ; let me not 
suffer a second fright from him." 

The wise Sarron, with all his wisdom, had this 



160 FAIRY STORIES. 

time acted indiscreetly in playing his companion 
this malicious trick. In transport he swallowed 
gluttonously the stolen dainty, and forgot the golden 
rule, " Beware of excess." He had no sooner done 
so than he felt uneasy in body and mind. He left 
the table, and in search of the fresh air walked out 
into the park. The Queen had the day before 
invited him to make her a visit that evening, which 
he did not omit to do. She was in uncommonly 
good humor, and entertained her friend in the most 
delightful manner. At last the crafty lady offered 
him. a glass of wine, which he had no sooner tasted 
than he fell into a sound slumber, for there was a 
sleeping draught mixed with it. As soon as he be- 
gan to snore, the artful woman took possession of 
his glove thumb of invisibility ; ordered her servants 
to carry out the King of the Fairies, and lay him in 
the corner of the street in the open air ; where on 
the stone pavement he slept off his heavy draught. 
The Queen was so delighted, that she could not 
sleep for joy ; her thoughts were all turned to dis- 
cover some way in which she might get possession 
of the third treasure. 

Scarcely had the first rays of morning gilded the 
roofs of the Eoyal palaces of Astorga, than the rest- 
less Queen called up her nurse, and said to her, 
u Send a messenger to Childeric, the son of Glory, 
and order him to go with me to mass, and add to 
this favor, offerings for the poor." The favorite of 
fortune, and of the fair Urraca, was still turning on 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 161 

his soft bed, when the Queen's messenger arrived. 
He yawned aloud, as he received him, but caused 
himself to be dressed by his servants, and went to 
court, where the high chamberlain looked cross at 
him for taking from him his usual office. With 
solemn pomp the procession advanced to the royal 
church, where the Archbishop with his attendants 
was celebrating a high office. The people had 
already collected in great numbers, to gaze on the 
glorious procession. The fair Urraca, and still 
more the rich train of her dress, which was borne 
up by six ladies of the court, excited universal 
astonishment. A multitude of beggars, the lame, 
the halt, blind, cripples and wooden legs surrounded 
the pompous procession, beset the Queen on the way 
and begged for alms, which Andiol threw out from 
his purse on the right and left, in the greatest pro- 
fusion. An old blind grey headed man distin- 
guished himself by the violence with which he 
pressed forward, and by the sad cry with which he 
asked charity. He never left the side of the Queen, 
held his hat up all the time, and prayed for some 
small gift. Andiol from time to time threw him a 
piece of gold, but before it reached the blind man, 
some thievish neighbor siezed it, and he began his 
supplications anew. The Queen seemed to be dis- 
turbed by the unhappy old man, she seized suddenly 
his purse from Andiol, and gave it into the hand of 
the blind person. " Take," said she, " good old man 



162 FAIRY STORIES. 

the blessing which a noble Knight permits me to 
bestow on you, and pray for the good of his soul." 

Andiol, affrighted at this royal extravagance dis- 
played at his cost, lost all his self-possession, and 
made a motion with his hand to recover his purse ; 
but this apparent meanness raised a shout of laugh- 
ter among the followers of the Queen. Great as 
his vexation was, he bore the burden of it, while 
the Queen honored him by leaning on his arm in 
the cathedral, and he concealed his anxiety as well 
as he could till mass was over. 

He then looked diligently round, and inquired 
after the blind beggar, promising a great reward for 
an old coin which was a keepsake, and which was 
in the purse, and which he valued highly as a cu- 
riosity. But no one could tell where the beggar 
had vanished; as soon as the purse was in his 
hand, he had disappeared, and had not since been 
seen. The fact was, the pretended blind man went 
directly to the Queen's ante-chamber, where he was 
awaiting her return, for he was one of her servants, 
whom she had disguised as a blind beggar, in order 
to get possession of the wonderful copper, which to 
her great joy she found in the purse. 

The artful woman now by her craftiness found 
herself in possession of the magic talismans of the 
three Knights, who sighed and groaned inconsolably 
over their losses ; and in their despair tore their 
hair and beard. But she triumphed in her suc- 
cessful arts, and grieved little for the fate of the un- 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 163 

fortunate wights. In the first place, she made the 
trial whether the talismans would show their pro- 
ductive power in the hands of the present owner. 
The trial succeeded entirely to her wishes. The 
napkin gave at her order its dishes; the copper 
penny yielded ducats ; and under the veil of the 
thumb, she went unseen through the guards in the 
hall, and into the apartments of her women. With 
a beating heart she laid plans of splendid scenes; 
and her favorite idea was to change herself into a 
real Fairy. What is a Fairy, thought she, but the 
possessor of one or several magical secrets, whereby 
she works miracles, which seem to raise her above 
the lot of mortals ; and cannot I with these hidden 
powers, qualify myself to be one of the greatest of 
Fairies ? Her only remaining wish was to possess 
a car drawn by dragons, or a span of butterflies ; 
for the way through the air was still not open to 
her. Yet she flattered herself that this would not 
be wanting if she could once get admitted to the 
Fairy convent. She hoped to find some good- 
natured sister who might give her such an airy 
equipage in exchange for some of her wonderful 
gifts. All night long she thought over what she 
should do with her newly acquired power. But the 
new Fairy felt an actual want before she could un- 
dertake to set out for adventures. She needed still 
a well arranged Fairy wardrobe. 

With the earliest dawn, which followed a wakeful 
night, in which her heated fancy had assorted all 



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FAIRY STORIES. 



the fairy ornaments, from the drooping feather, 
down to the delicate shoe, all the tailor skill in 
Astorga was set to work, as if the first masquerade 
of the season was about to take place. But before 
this arrangement was completed, something hap- 
pened which threw all upper Arabia, more especially 
the fair Uracca, into astonishment. 

The long excitement of mind in the fanciful 
Queen, had at last yielded one night to slumber ; 
when she was suddenly wakened by a martial voice 
which thundered in her ears, " By the King's 
orders." An officer of the guard directed her to 
follow him without delay. The frightened lady fell 
from the clouds, and did not know what to say or 
think. She began to expostulate with the guard. 
But after a vain appeal to the acting power, the 
Queen was convinced that she was the weaker 
party, and must obey. " The King's will is my 
law," said she, " I follow you." As she said this, 
she went to her trunk to get, as she observed, a 
cloak to throw over her, and protect her from the 
night air ; but in fact to make use of the thumb, 
and to vanish suddenly. But the officer had strict 
orders, and was so impolite as to refuse the fair 
prisoner this little convenience. Neither prayers 
nor tears could prevail with the hard-hearted war- 
rior, he surrounded her with his muscular arm, and 
drew her out of the chamber, of which the justice 
immediately took possession, and placed every thing 
in it under seal. Below at the door was a litter 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 165 

drawn by four mules, in which the weeping Queen 
was forced to place herself in an undress. The 
procession with its torches proceeded silently and 
sadly through the solitary streets like a funeral in 
the night. It passed the gates, went forward 
twelve miles to a distant cloister, surrounded with 
high walls, and deposited the prisoner, dissolved in 
tears, in a miserable cell, forty steps deep under 
ground. 

King Garsias, since the terrible feast day, in 
which his favorite food had vanished from the dish, 
had been in such a horrible humor that it was im- 
possible to approach him ; half his ministers and 
courtiers had fallen into disgrace, and the other half 
dreading a similar fate, tried all their skill to dispel 
this hypochondriac humor. The court physician 
advised an emetic ; the chamberlain a matress ; 
the high priest a fast day ; the general of the 
armies a crusade against the Saracens ; the master 
of the hunt, a chase ; the court marshal a venison 
pasty, after the taste of the major domo ; as for the 
latter, after the loss of his napkin, he had been 
eclipsed more darkly than ever the moon was. 

Among these palliatives, the hunting party 
received the most favor as a means of recreation, 
which was the least difficult to carry out. The 
King could not get over the disappearance of the 
master-piece of cookery ; and gave it to be under- 
stood, that he was of opinion that this disappear- 
ance was not brought about by fair means ; he even 
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FAIRY STORIES. 



expressed some suspicion that his wife had practiced 
witchcraft to effect the thing. As soon as the ene- 
mies of the Queen observed under what aspect the 
humor of the King regarded the ruler of his will, 
the cabal neglected nothing which was wanting to 
effect her ruin ; and this was the more easy, because, 
while the King remained at a hunting lodge, 
the talent of the napkin, which in Astorga might 
have been used to conciliate him, could not be 
brought into action. After the cause had been duly- 
considered by the loafers, court dwarfs, king's fools, 
chamberlains, body physician, and whoever else had 
access to the King, the fall of the proud Queen was 
resolved upon ; and the King ordered a secret coun- 
cil of state, by which he caused the sentence of 
close imprisonment to be decreed, and immediately 
executed. 

A court commission was now diligently em- 
ployed to search the effects of the Princess, to dis- 
cover among them as a witness of her magic prac- 
tices, perhaps some talisman of magic character, or 
some contract with an evil spirit. All the dresses, 
and other valuables, and among them the whole Fairy 
apparatus was examined faithfully. Yet notwith- 
standing all efforts, dim-sighted justice could dis- 
cover nothing which seemed to belong to the magic 
art. The real articles which she had stolen from 
Rolands' Knights, had such an ordinary and un- 
promising appearance, that these magic treasures 
were not thought worth noticing. The invaluable 



THE THREE BRAVE KNIGHTS. 167 

napkin, which from the frequent use of its owner 
had become somewhat defaced, was taken by the 
ignorant justice's clerk for a rag to dry up the black 
flood from an overturned inkstand; the wonderful 
glove thumb, the noble vehicle of invisibility, and 
the rich copper coin, were thrown like useless 
rubbish among the sweepings. What became of 
Queen Urraca in the gloomy cloister, forty fathoms 
under ground, to which she had been banished, 
whether she was condemned to imprisonment for 
life, or whether she again saw the light of day ; 
also, whether the three magic secrets were destroyed 
by moth, rust, or corruption, or whether they were 
picked from the rubbish, and sweepings to which all 
earthly goods come at last, the old legends do not 
tell. Perhaps fortune allowed the plentiful napkin, 
or the productive penny to fall into the hands of 
some virtuous poor man, who fed by the sweat of 
his brow, his starving family, and could only 
answer with tears when the young ravens cried for 
food, or perhaps some pining, grieving lover whom 
the despotism of father or mother had robbed of his 
lady love, and plunged her in a cloister ; had gained 
in some way possession of the jewel of invisibility, 
and was able to release his fair one from her close 
confinement, and unite himself to her for ever. 
Such events would have been too much unlike the 
common course of things in this lower w r orld, to be 
very likely to have happened. The most desirable 
worldly goods are commonly found in bad hands ; 



168 FAIRY STORIES. 

and the possession of fortune is most frequently de- 
nied to those who would make a good and reason- 
able use of it. 

After the loss of all the gifts of the generous old 
Druidess, the owners of them, who had been plun- 
dered, silently took their departure from Astorga. 
Amarin, who without his napkin, could not have 
filled very successfully the office of head cook, went 
first; Andiol the son of Glory, soon followed after. 
As the great ease with which he filled his purse, 
had given him the usual dislike to labor, which is 
felt by the luxurious, he was too indolent to turn 
his penny upon every occasion, he lived upon 
credit, and only filled his chests when a rainy day 
came, or when there was no party of pleasure on 
hand. He now found it impossible to satisfy his 
creditors, he changed his clothes therefore, and dis- 
appeared from the city. 

As soon as Sarron awoke from his deathlike 
sleep, and found that he must cease to perform the 
part of Fairy king, he slipped quietly away to his 
lodgings, hunted up his old armor, and made his 
way as quickly as possible out of the gates. 

It happened accidentally that the three Knights of 
Roland came together again on the road to Castile. 
Instead of disturbing each other with mutual re- 
proaches, which would not have improved their 
condition, they submitted with philosophical indif- 
ference to their fate. The similarity of it, and their 
unexpected meeting, renewed immediately their old 



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169 



companionship, and the wise Sarron observed, " that 
the golden middle station was most favorable to 
friendship, which seldom nourished with fortune 
and great talents." 

Hereupon the three companions concluded with 
one voice to continue their way, to resume their old 
profession, fight under Castilian colors, and revenge 
the death of their master Roland upon the Saracens. 
They found themselves soon at the height of their 
wishes, in the midst of the battle field, their swords 
were wet with the blood of the Saracens, and with 
palms of victory, they died together the death of 
heroes. 




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GLORIOSA, 



THE ENVIOUS FAIRIES. 

There was once in Europe a King, who, having 
reigned in peace some time, felt a desire to travel, 
and go from one end of his kingdom to the other. 
His wife accompanied him, and while they were at 
a castle at a distant part of his estates, a little daugh- 
ter was born to them, who appeared at the first 
moment so perfectly beautiful, that the courtiers 
pronounced her to be fairer than even the most 
lovely Fairy had ever been, and said she ought to 
be called Gloriosa, as she would be the glory of the 
whole land. As the King was called immediately 
to another part of his dominions to defend it against 
his enemies, and as his wife wished to go with him 
they were obliged to leave the little Gloriosa with 
her governess, and the ladies who attended upon 
her, behind them in the castle. 

The little princess was brought up with much 
care, and as the war proved to be a very long and 
cruel one, she had leisure to grow up and improve. 
Her beauty rendered her famous through all the 
neighboring country, and nothing else was talked 
of. At twelve years she might have been taken for 
a Fairy sooner than for a mere mortal. She had 
one brother, who came to see her upon a time when 



GLORIOSA. 171 

there was a little cessation of the warfare, and they 
grew very fond of each other. 

Meantime the fame of her beauty and the name 
she bore irritated some of the Fairies against her, 
and they tried to think of some method by which 
they could revenge themselves upon her parents, 
for boasting that she was fairer than the Fairies, 
and by which they could also destroy a beauty of 
which they were jealous. 

The Queen of the Fairies was not at that time 
one of those good Fairies who protect virtue, and 
who take pleasure in doing good. After several 
ages had passed, since by her great knowledge and 
her arts she had reached the throne of Fairydom, 
her beauty was very nearly gone, she became very 
small, and was known by no other name than that 
of Dwarfia. 

Dwarfia then assembled her council and informed 
them that she was going to revenge all the beauties of 
her court, and those who were scattered elsewhere 
about the world. She said she was going away, 
and should herself visit and carry off this famous 
beauty whose charms made so much noise, and 
caused the rest of the fair sex to be so entirely neg- 
lected. No sooner said than done. She set forth, 
and taking only a plain dress she transported her- 
self to the castle which contained this wonder. She 
soon made herself familiar there, and engaged the 
ladies who attended on the princess to receive her 



172 FAIRY STORIES. 

among them, making- herself very pleasant and 
agreeable to them all. 

But Dvvarfia was seized with great astonishment 
when she discovered by the force of her art, after 
having examined the castle, that it had been built 
by a great magician, and that he had given to it the 
virtue that from all its enclosures and walks no one 
could go out except of their own will, and that it 
was not possible to make use of any sort of charms 
against the persons who lived in it. This secret 
was not unknown to the governess of Gloriosa, who, 
aware of the priceless treasure which was com- 
mitted to her care, lived without any fear, thinking 
that no person in the world could take away the 
young princess, if she did not go out of the castle 
or the gardens attached to it. She had expressly 
forbidden her to do so, and Gloriosa, who had al- 
ready great prudence, had not failed to obey these 
orders. She had had a thousand lovers who had 
tried to persuade her to go away with them, but 
she had never listened to them for a moment. 

It did not take Dwarfia long to insinuate herself 
into the favor of the princess, she taught her to do 
many kinds of fine work, and when she was doing 
some work of which she was very fond, she told 
her pleasant stories, and omitted nothing which 
could amuse her. They became very intimate and 
were always seen together. 

Dwarfia with all her attention had her mind filled 
with thoughts of jealousy and revenge, she tried to 



GLORIOSA. 173 

discover some method by which she could artfully 
prevail on Gloriosa to put her foot outside of the 
castle gates, she was then all ready to strike her 
blow and carry her off. 

One day when she had gone with her into the 
garden, where the young girls, after having gathered 
flowers were decorating the head of Gloriosa with 
the wreaths they had made, Dwarfia opened a little 
door that looked upon the fields. She went out of 
it, and made an hundred funny faces, and played a 
great many tricks which made the princess and the 
young flock of girls about her laugh heartily, when 
suddenly the wicked Dwarfia pretended to feel ill, 
and the next moment dropped down as if she had 
been faint. Some of the young girls ran to her as- 
sistance, Gloriosa among the rest, but scarcely was 
the unfortunate princess without the fatal door, 
than Dwarfia started up, seized her with a strong 
hand, and making a circle with her wand a fog 
arose, very thick and dark, and when this passed 
away the ground opened and two moles with rose 
colored wings came out, drawing an ebony car. 
Dwarfia placed the princess in it, and ascending it 
herself, it rose in the air, and moved along with in- 
credible swiftness and was immediately out of sight 
of the young girls, who by their tears and cries 
soon announced through the whole castle the loss 
they had suffered. 

Gloriosa recovered from her astonishment only 
to fall into a still more fearful state. The rapidity 
with which the car moved had so stunned her, that 



174 FAIRY STORIES 

she almost lost her consciousness. Finally, recov- 
ering her senses in a measure she looked down. 
What was her terror to see beneath only the prodig- 
ious extent of the vast ocean. She uttered a pier- 
cing cry, but turning round and seeing near her 
Dwarfia whom she thought such a good friend, she 
embraced her tenderly and clung fast to her arms, 
as one does when they would take courage. But 
the Fairy rudely repulsing her, cried, " Eetire, 
little impertinence, know me .to be your mortal en- 
emy, I am Queen of the Fairies, and you shall pay 
me for the insolence of your beauty and the proud 
name you bear." 

Gloriosa was more alarmed at these words than 
even if the lightning had fallen at her feet, and was 
more frightened at them than at the horrible path 
she was traveling. The car finally stopped in the 
middle of the court of the most superb palace which 
was ever seen. 

The sight of such a beautiful place cheered the 
timid princess a little, especially when, on leaving 
the car, she saw a hundred young beauties, who all 
came politely to salute the Fairy. Such a smiling 
abode did not seem to threaten misfortune. She 
had one consolation, which does not fail to flatter 
even in a misfortune as great as was hers, she re- 
marked that all these beautiful persons were struck 
with admiration as they looked at her, and she 
heard a confused murmur of praise and envy, which 
pleased her marvelously. 



GLORIOSA. 175 

But this moment of vanity lasted but a little 
while. Dwarfia imperiously ordered that the fine 
clothes should be taken from Gloriosa, thinking 
thus to deprive her of a part of her charms. But 
when her splendid garments were taken from her, 
the anger of Dwarfia only increased. Her beauty 
became more apparent, and threw all the Fairies in 
the world into the shade. She was then dressed 
in miserable rags, and one might have said that her 
simple and native beauty triumphed even then ; she 
was never more beautiful. Dwarfia ordered her to 
be conducted to the place she had prepared for her, 
and that her task should be given her. 

Two Fairies took her, and caused her to pass 
through the most beautiful and most sumptuous 
apartments which were ever seen. Gloriosa ob- 
served them, and she said to herself, M whatever 
torments they are preparing for me, my heart tells 
me that I cannot always be unhappy in this lovely 
spot." 

They then made her descend a great black mar- 
ble staircase, which had more than a thousand steps, 
she thought she was going to the very depths of the 
earth. Finally she reached a little closet lined with 
ebony, where she was shown a bed made of a little 
straw, and where there was an ounce of bread and 
a little water for her supper. From thence she was 
carried into a large gallery, the walls of which from 
top to bottom were of black marble, and which re- 
ceived no light except from five jet lamps, which 



176 FAIRY STORIES. 

shed a gloomy light more fitted to alarm than to 
cheer one. These gloomy walls were hung with 
spider's webs, the fatality of which was that the 
more they were taken away the more they multi- 
plied. The two Fairies told the princess that this 
gallery must be cleaned by daybreak or she would 
be severely punished, and leaving there a hand 
ladder, and giving her a birch broom, they told her 
to go to work, and then took their leave. 

Gloriosa sighed, and not knowing the nature of 
these spider webs, though the gallery was large she 
courageously resolved to obey. She took her broom 
and lightly mounted the ladder. But alas, what 
was her surprise, when thinking to clean the marble 
and take away the cobwebs, she found they only 
increased. She worked for some time, but seeing 
with grief that it was in vain, she threw down her 
broom, descended from the ladder and seating her- 
self on the lowest round began to weep and bemoan 
her misfortunes. Her sighs were so constant that 
her strength was almost exhausted, when raising 
her head a little her eyes met a strong light. All 
the gallery was in a moment illuminated, and she 
saw at her feet a young boy so handsome and 
agreeable in his appearance that he thought she 
must be some superior being. He was clad in gar- 
ments covered with precious stones, but the bright- 
ness of his eyes seemed to eclipse the brilliancy of 
the jewels. This young man knelt and fixed his 
eyes upon her. " Who are you ?" said she, as soon 



GLORIOSA. 177 

as her astonishment would permit her to speak. 
" I am Philo," said he " the son of the Fairy Queen, 
I love you and would gladly help you." Then 
taking the broom she had put down, he touched the 
cobwebs and they immediately became cloth of gold 
of wonderful workmanship, and the light of the 
lamps became clear and bright. Philo presented a 
golden key to the princess and said to her, " you 
will find a lock in the corner of your apartment, 
open it gently. Farewell, I must retire for fear of 
being suspected, go to rest, you will find every thing 
you want." And placing himself on one knee be- 
fore her, he respectfully kissed her hand. 

Gloriosa more astonished at this adventure than 
at any thing which had happened in the course of 
the day, returned into her little chamber, and seek- 
ing to find this lock of which she had been told and 
approaching the wall of the room she heard the 
sweetest voice in the world, which seemed to be 
uttering tones of grief. She supposed it was some 
unhappy person, who, like herself, the Fairy wished 
to torment. She listened carefully. " Alas, what 
shall I do," said the voice, " I am ordered to change 
the acorns which are in this bushel measure into 
oriental pearls." Gloriosa, less surprised than she 
would have been two hours before, knocked two or 
three times against the partition, and said aloud, 
" If there are penalties here, there are miracles also, 
hope on. But tell me, I pray you, who you are, 
and I will tell you who I am." 
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178 FAIRY STORIES. 

" It is pleasanter to me to reply to you," answered 
the other, " than to continue my work. I am the 
daughter of a King, I was born charming. The 
Fairies were not complimented by my parents on 
occasion of my birth ; you know how cruel they are 
to those whom they did not take under their pro- 
tection from the first." " Ah, I know but too well," 
replied Gloriosa. " I, like you, are beautiful, the 
daughter of a King, and unfortunate because I am 
amiable, without owing any thing to them." " We 
are then companions," said the other. " Every 
body loved me, and admired me. I was called De- 
sira ; all wills were submitted to mine, and all 
hearts made room for me. One young prince at- 
tached himself altogether to me, and I was devot- 
edly fond of him ; we were on the point of being 
forever united to each other, when the Fairies, 
jealous that I should be so much admired, and 
thinking that such charms as I had were not their 
gift, stole me away in the midst of my happiness, 
and have placed me here in this horrible place. 
They have told me they would stifle me tomorrow 
if I have not executed the ridiculous order they 
have imposed upon me ; now tell me who you are." 
" I have already told you with the exception of my 
name," replied the princess. "My parents pro- 
nounced me fairer than a Fairy, and in token of 
this idea they called me Gloriosa." 

" You must be beautiful," replied the princess 
Desira, " I long to see you." " And I have a great 



GLORIOSA. 179 

wish to see you," replied the other. " There is a 
door which opens here, and I have a little key 
which perhaps may not be useless to you." Look- 
ing round, Gloriosa at last discovered the door, 
which she pushed, it opened and they saw each 
other ; each was surprised at the marvelous beauty 
of the other. After they had embraced and said 
many civil things to each other, Gloriosa began to 
laugh to see princess Desira constantly rubbing her 
acorns with a little white stone, as she had been or- 
dered. She told her the task which had been given 
her, and how she had been assisted to do it. " But 
who can he be ?" said Desira. " I do not know," 
replied Gloriosa, " but he says he loves me, and if 
he loves me as he says, he will assist you." 
Scarcely had she spoken these words when the 
bushel measure groaned, and shaking the acorns as 
the oak from which they were gathered might have 
done, they changed suddenly into the most bsauti- 
ful pear shaped pearls of the first water ; it was one 
of these of which Queen Cleopatra made such a rich 
banquet for Mark Anthony. 

The two princesses were very much pleased at 
this change, and Gloriosa, who began to be accus- 
tomed to prodigies, took Desira by the hand and 
went back to her chamber, and finding the corner 
where the lock was of which she had been told, she 
opened it with the golden key and entered a cham- 
ber, the magnificence of which surprised and affected 
her, because she saw in it the kindness of her new 



180 FAIRY STORIES. 

and unknown friend. It was strewed with flowers 
and filled with a delicious odor. At one end of this 
apartment was a table covered with every thing which 
could delight the taste, and a fountain of the coolest 
water bubbled forth its refreshing treasures into a 
•porphyry basin. The young princesses seated 
themselves in two ivory chairs embellished with 
emeralds. They ate with a good appetite, and 
when they had supped the table disappeared, and 
in place of it arose a delicious bath. Six paces 
from it appeared a superb toilet, and great golden 
baskets filled with the most delicate linen. A bed 
of a singular form and extraordinary richness made 
part of the furniture of this wonderful chamber, 
around the sides of which stood orange trees, in 
golden pots set with rubies. Cornelian pillars sup- 
ported the roof. These were separated only by large 
crystal mirrors, which reached from the floor to the 
ceiling, and consols of rich workmanship were 
loaded with vases filled with every species of flowers. 

Desira was astonished at the good fortune of her 
companion, and turning towards her she said, 
" Your friend is very gallant, he has great power 
and he wishes to do every thing for you, your good 
fortune is uncommon." A clock, which struck 
twelve, gave with every stroke the name of Philo. 
The young friends laid down on the bed, and Glo- 
riosa fell asleep, thinking of her new and wonderful 
friend. 

The next day there was great astonishment in 



GLORIOSA. 181 

the Fairy court to see the gallery so richly orna- 
mented, and a bushel of such beautiful pearls. 
They had thought to punish the princesses, and 
their cruelty was disappointed. They found them 
retired each in her little chamber. They called 
their counsel together again, to devise some new 
employment, at which they would be overpowered, 
and they ordered Desira to go to the sea shore and 
write on the sand, with express orders that what 
she put there should never be effaced. They com- 
manded Gloriosa to go to the foot of mount Adven- 
turous, to fly to the summit and to bring them a 
vase filled with water of immortal life. To accom- 
plish this order, they gave her feathers and wax that 
she might attempt to make wings and perish like 
Icarus. Desira and Gloriosa looked at each other 
on hearing these terrible commands, and tenderly 
embracing they separated, as if bidding each other 
a last farewell. One was conducted to the sea 
shore, the other to the foot of Mount Adventurous. 
When Gloriosa found herself alone, she took the 
feathers and the wax, but they did not go well to- 
gether, and after having worked in vain she turned 
her thoughts towards Philo. " Tf you loved me," 
said she, " you would come again to my assistance." 
Scarcely had she finished speaking, than she saw 
him before her eyes, a thousand times more beauti- 
ful than he had appeared the night before. " Do 
you doubt, my love," said he, " nothing is impossi- 
ble to one who loves you." He then desired her to 
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182 FAIRY STORIES. 

throw off a heavy shawl which she wore and her 
shoes, and having taken his usual reward, a kiss on 
her hand, he transformed himself suddenly into an 
eagle. She was somewhat grieved to see him lose 
his beautiful form, but he placed himself at her feet 
and spread out his wings so that she easily under- 
stood his design. She leaned over him, and encir- 
cling his superb neck with her beautiful arm, he 
rose up gently. 

He carried her in this way to the top of the 
mountain, where she heard strains of delightful 
harmony from thousands of birds who came to pay 
homage to the divine bird, by whose aid she had 
reached this height. The summit of the mountain 
was a flowery plain surrounded with beautiful cedar 
trees, in the midst of which was a small stream, 
which rolled silver waters over sand strewed with 
shining diamonds. Gloriosa kneeled down ; she 
dipped her hand into this precious water and drank 
of it. Afterwards she filled her vase. " How I 
wish Desira had some of this water," said she, 
turning towards her eagle. Scarcely had she ut- 
tered these words when the eagle descended, took 
one of Gloriosa's slippers, and returning filled it 
with the water, and went to carry it to Desira, 
where she was uselessly employed in writing on 
the sand. 

The eagle went back to find Gloriosa, and again 
taking up his fair burden, " Alas," said she, " what 
is Desira doing, bring us together." He obeyed, 



GLORIOSA. 183 

and they found her writing on the sand, which she 
had no sooner done than a wave came to efface 
what she had written. " What cruelty, " said the 
princess to Gloriosa, " to order one to do what can- 
not be done; to judge by the strange equipage 
which brought you here, you have succeeded." 
Gloriosa descended, and touched with the misfor- 
tune of Desira, she turned towards her friend, 
" Show me your power." " Or rather my love for 
you," replied Philo, taking his ordinary form. De- 
sira, at sight of his beauty of face and form, showed 
by her countenance the surprise and pleasure she 
felt. 

" Do what I ask you," said Gloriosa. Philo wish- 
ing to relieve her trouble, said, " Read," and disap- 
peared like a flash of lightning. 

At the same moment a wave broke at the feet of 
Gloriosa, and on retreating a table of brass became 
visible, set in the sand, as if it had been there from 
all eternity, and would remain there till the end of 
the world, and while they were looking at it, the 
letters deeply graven in were formed, which com- 
posed the following lines : 

The faith of common lovers, 

Their promises so grave, 
Are written on the sand, 

And effaced by every wave. 
But the love for Gloriosa 

Is writ in stars on high, 
Vain all efforts to efface it, 

Ah, who is he would try. 



184 FAIRY STORIES. 

" I understand it," cried Desira, " whoever loves 
you must love you forever, how well your admirer 
knows how to express his affection ?" She then 
embraced Gloriosa, and relieved from their fears 
that they should not be able to perform their tasks, 
they sat down together and enjoyed the sight of the 
sea and the pleasures of conversation. 

Queen Dwarfia sent to the foot of the mountain 
to know what had become of Gloriosa ; they found 
there feathers scattered about and some parts of her 
dress, and they imagined she had been crushed ac- 
cording to their wishes. 

With this thought the Fairies ran to the sea 
shore ; they cried out at sight of the tablet of brass, 
and were alarmed to see the two princesses, who 
were enjoying themselves tranquilly on the summit 
of a rock. They called them. Gloriosa gave them 
her water of immortal life, and laughed secretly 
with Desira at the fury of the Fairies. 

The Queen did not hear their laughter ; she knew 
that an art superior to her own assisted them, and 
her rage arose to such a point that she resolved on 
their total ruin by the last and most cruel of trials. 

Desira was condemned to go the next day to the 
Fair of Time and seek for the bloom of youth, and 
Gloriosa to go to the Wonderful Forest and catch 
the hare with silver feet. 

Princess Desira was conducted into a great plain, 
at the end of which was a superb building, all di- 
vided into halls and galleries full of shops so superb 



GLORIOSA. 



185 



that there is nothing- to be found elsewhere to be 
compared to them, not excepting those of Paris. 
At each of these shops there were young and agree- 
able Fairies, and near them, to aid them, the per- 
sons to whom they were most attached. 

As soon as Desira appeared, her beauty charmed 
every body, she took possession of all hearts. The 
first shop at which she inquired she asked for the 
Bloom of Youth. No one would tell her where it 
was to be found, because it was against the rules of 
Fairyland for any but a Fairy to seek for it. It 
was their design to punish the mortal who should 
undertake such a dangerous errand. 

The good Fairies told Desira that she had better 
go back, and not ask any farther for what she was 
seeking. She was so beautiful that people ran to 
look at her as she passed. Unfortunately she hap- 
pened to enter the shop of a wicked Fairy. Scarcely 
had she asked for the Bloom of Youth for the Queen 
of the Fairies, than darting a terrible look at her 
she told her she had the article and would give it 
to her the next day, and ordered her to go into 
another room and wait until it was prepared, but 
they carried her into a dark and terrible place, 
where she could see nothing. She was filled with 
fear. " Ah," said she, " amiable friend of Gloriosa, 
hasten to assist me or I am lost." 

He was deaf to her voice, for itjvas impossible 
to act in that place as he had done in others. De- 
sira passed on half of the night in torment, she 



186 FAIRY STORIES. 

slept the other part, and was awakened by an agree- 
able girl who came to bring her a little food, which 
she told her came from the friend of her mistress, 
the Fairy, who had resolved to help her. She 
hoped she should be able to relieve her soon, be- 
cause the Fairy had sent for a wicked ally of hers 
who was to breathe ugliness into her face and de- 
prive her of all her beauty, she was then to be sent 
back to the Fairy Queen, that she might serve as a 
triumph of their vengeance. Princess Desira was 
in dreadful fear at this threat of losing her beauty. 
She almost died of terror. 

She walked slowly up and down her dark dwell- 
ing, when she felt herself seized by the arm. She 
was led towards a little light, and when she was able 
to see, she was struck with delight, for she recog- 
nized the dear prince who loved her so much, and 
from whom she had been separated on the eve of 
her marriage. Her transports and her joy were 
extreme. "Is it you?" said she, an hundred 
times. Finally when she was certain of the fact, 
forgetting all her present misfortunes, " is it you," 
continued she, " who are the favorite of this unfor- 
tunate fairy ?" " Do not doubt it," said he, " and 
we shall owe to this the end of our pains and mis- 
fortunes. " 

He then related to her, that in despair at her be- 
ing stolen from, him, he had gone to find a sage 
who had informed him where she was, and that he 
could never recover her except in the kingdom of 
the Fairies ; that he had given him the means to 



GLORIOSA. 187 

find her, but that he had been stopped at first by 
this cruel Fairy, who had taken a fancy to him, 
that following the advice of his friend the sage, he 
had been attentive to her, and that by his kindness 
he had become so far master of her mind that he 
kept all her treasures and was the minister of \ 
her wishes, that she had just set out on a journey 
of six thousand miles, that she would not return for 
twelve days, and thus he hoped to accomplish 
their deliverance. He said he was going into her 
cabinet to take a part of the stone of the ring of 
Gyges, this Desira should put about herself, and 
being made invisible by it she could go any where. 
" Do not forget," said she to him, " the Bloom of 
Youth, I wish to make use of it and give it to a 
companion I have with me." 

The Prince laughed. " Where are we going ?" 
said she. " To the Fairy Queen's," he replied. " Oh 
not there," said she, "we shall perish there." 
" The sage who advises me," pursued he, " told me 
to carry you back to the last place you came from, 
if I wished to be sure of my happiness. He has 
never deceived me." "Very well," said Desira, 
"let us go then." 

The Prince gave her a precious box, in which 
was the bloom of youth, she rubbed her face imme- 
diately with it, forgetting that the stone he had 
given her made her invisible. She took his arm, 
and they went in this way through the fair, and 
arrived thus at the Fairy Queen's palace. 



188 FAIRY STORIES. 

There the Prince took the Gyges stone, — the 
amiable Desira appeared, and he became invisible 
to the great regret of the Princess, whose arm he 
now took, and they went before Dwarfia and her 
court. 

All the Fairies looked at each other in the great- 
est astonishment at seeing Desira return with the 
Bloom of Youth, and the Queen rubbing her fore- 
head, exclaimed, " Let her be strictly guarded, our 
caution is in vain, we must put her to death with- 
out ceremony." 

This was the decree, Desira trembled as she 
heard it. Her friend, though invisible, encouraged 
her all in his power. 

But we must return to Gloriosa. She had been 
conducted to the Forest of Wonders, and this is the 
reason why she was sent out to pursue the hare 
with silver feet. 

There was once a Fairy Queen who had suc- 
ceeded naturally to that title. She was handsome, 
good, and wise, and had several lovers. But as her 
only desire was to protect virtue, she cared for none 
of them, and their attentions were all wasted upon 
her. One of them who loved her best of all, pro- 
tested to her one day, that if she did not consent to 
marry him, he would kill himself. She was not 
much alarmed at this threat, thinking it one of 
those follies of which the young man would be cured 
in time. She, however, heard soon after that he 
had actually thrown himself into the sea. 



GLORIOSA. 189 

A sage who had educated this young- man, and 
who was much grieved at his death, made use of 
such magical power as he possessed, and condemned 
the Fairy to be a hare for a hundred years, in pun- 
ishment for her cruelty, unless some great beauty 
should be willing to expose herself to run after her 
for ten days in the Forest of Wonders. If any one 
should be found who would undertake this, and 
should succeed in catching the hare, she would then 
resume her first form. She had been transformed 
in this way for forty years. 

At first several beauties had taken the risk of 
trying this adventure, which promised so much 
glory, but they were lost, and at the end of ten days 
nothing was heard of them ; so that this ardor was 
abated, and no beauty had offered herself for a long 
time. Some persons whom the Fairies wished to 
destroy had been sent there, and it was in this way 
that they hoped to rid themselves of Gloriosa, when 
they conducted her to the Forest of Wonders. 

They gave her a trifling quantity of food, for 
form's sake, and a silken cord, with a slip noose 
with which to secure the hare, this was her hunting 
equipage. 

She seated herself at the foot of a tree, and when 
she found herself alone, she cast her eyes around 
this vast forest, and saw in the deep silence and 
solitude nothing but despair. 

She wished to remain at the edge of the forest, 
and not go into the midst of it; and that she might 
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190 FAIRY STORIES. 

know it again, she marked the place from which 
she started. But how was she mistaken. One 
must always wander in this forest, and could never 
leave it. She perceived in one of the paths the 
silver footed hare, walking slowly along. She went 
with her cord in her hand, thinking to secure her; 
but the hare finding herself pursued, ran, and stop- 
ping from time to time, turned her head round 
towards Gloriosa. They were within sight of each 
other all day, without Gloriosa being able to reach 
the hare. The night separated them. 

The poor huntress was very tired, and hungry? 
but she did not know where to look for the little 
store of food w T ith which she had been provided, and 
she had nothing but the hard ground to rest upon. 
She laid herself down sadly under a tree ; but it 
was a long time before she was able to sleep? 
every thing alarmed her ; a shaking leaf made her 
shudder; her thoughts in this sad state turned 
towards the friend who had helped her in so many 
difficulties. She called him several times, and find- 
ing that he failed her in this time of great need, she 
wept bitterly, and cried, " Philo, Philo, you have 
abandoned me." 

She was beginning at last to fall asleep, when 
she felt some agitation beneath her, and it seemed 
as if she were lying in the best bed in the world. 
Her sleep was long without being disturbed. In 
the morning she was wakened by the songs of a 
thousand nightingales^ and turning her eyes, she 



GLORIOSA. 191 

perceived herself to be raised two feet above the 
earth, the grass had grown up under her fair form, 
and had become a most delicious couch. A large 
orange tree spread its branches over her, to serve as 
a tent, and she was covered with its blossoms. All 
about her the ground was covered with strawberries, 
and every kind of delicate fruit ; she ate of it, and 
found herself as much satisfied, and as strong as if 
she had feasted on the best meats. A stream which 
flowed near by, served to quench her thirst. " Oh 
kind friend," said she, when she had refreshed her- 
self, " Oh thoughtful friend, how much did I need 
your help, — I will never murmur again; bestow 
less upon me, but let me see you." 

She would have continued speaking, if she had 
not perceived the silver footed hare at her feet, 
quietly sitting and looking at her. She thought 
she should certainly now be able to catch her, she 
presented her with one hand some grass, and with 
the other she held her cord. But the hare ran off 
with a spring, and when she was at a little distance 
stopped and looked back. They went on in this 
manner all day. The night came, and was spent 
as the former one had been. The waking was like 
the first; and four days and four nights were pass- 
ed in this way. At last on the fifth morning Glo- 
riosa on opening her eyes, thought she perceived a 
light more brilliant than that of day. She saw the 
eyes of her kind friend ; he was approaching her, 
and saluted her in the most respectful manner. 



192 FAIRY STORIES. 

" It is then you," said she, " if I have not seen 
you for several days, I have at least received marks 
of your goodness." " Say rather of my love, Glo- 
riosa," replied he, " my mother suspects that it is I 
who help you, she has guarded me ; I have escaped 
for a moment by means of a friendly Fairy, — adieu, 
I came only to encourage you, you will see me this 
evening, and if fortune favors us, to-morrow we 
shall be happy. 

He went away, and she ran again all day ; when 
night came, she perceived near her a little light, 
which was enough to make her know her friend. 

" Here is my lighted wand," said he, " place it 
before you, and go, without being alarmed, wherever 
it will lead you. When it stops, you will find a 
large heap of dried leaves, put fire to them, enter 
the place you will see, and if you see there the re- 
mains of any animal, burn it. Our friends, the 
Stars, will do the rest, — Farewell." 

Gloriosa would have been glad to receive more 
particular directions, but seeing there was no rem- 
edy, she placed the wand before her, and it directed 
her the way to go. She walked nearly two hours, 
and at last she perceived a large heap of dried 
leaves, to which she did not fail to set fire. The 
light was soon so great, that she could perceive a 
somewhat high mountain, in which she discovered 
an opening, half hidden by bushes. She pushed 
them away with her wand, and entered a dark place, 
but shortly after she found herself in a large hall, 



GLORIOSA. 193 

of an admirable style of building, brilliantly lighted. 
But that which most astonished her was to see the 
skins of several wild and terrible animals, hung on 
golden hooks ; at first she thought they were the 
living animals. She turned away her eyes in hor- 
ror, and stopped them in the middle of the hall, 
where there was a beautiful palm tree, and on one 
of the branches hung the skin of the silver footed 
hare. 

Gloriosa was delighted to see it, and taking it 
with her wand, she carried it quickly to the fire she 
had lighted at the entrance of the cavern. It was 
consumed in a moment, and returning joyfully into 
the hall, she went forward into several magnificent 
chambers. She stopped in one where she saw sev- 
eral little beds, made up on Persian carpets, and 
one more beautiful than the rest under a canopy of 
cloth of gold. But she had not leisure to look long 
at what seemed to her so singular, she heard loud 
peals of laughter, and people speaking very loud. 

Gloriosa turned to the side whence the noise pro- 
ceeded. She entered a wonderful place where 
there were fifteen young girls of a marvelous 
beauty. 

She did not surprise them less than she was sur- 
prised. The beauty of her person charmed them 
all. An attentive silence succeeded to their cries 
of admiration. But one of these fair creatures, and 
the most beautiful of all, advanced with a gay and 
smiling air toward our Princess. "You are my 
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194 FAIRY STORIES. 

deliverer," said she, " I cannot doubt it ; no one 
enters here who has not been clothed in the skin of 
one of those animals, you saw at the entrance of the 
cave. It has been the fate of all these persons 
whom you see near me. After ten days useless 
hunting to take me, they were changed into such 
animals during the day, and at night we resume our 
human forms, and you, charming Princess, if you 
had not delivered me, would have been changed 
into a white rabbit." " A white rabbit," cried Glo- 
riosa ; " Ah madam, it is much better that I have 
preserved my ordinary form, and that such a won- 
derful person as you are should be no longer a 
hare." " You restore us all our liberty," replied 
the Fairy, " let us pass the rest of the night gaily, 
and tomorrow we will go to the palace, to fill all the 
court with wonder." 

It is impossible to describe the gayetywith which 
this abode resounded ; and the pleasure all these 
people felt at being relieved from the enchantment 
under which they had been held. They had all 
been of the same age when they began their chase 
in the Forest of Wonders ; and the oldest was not 
twenty. 

The Fairy advised them all to retire to rest, tell- 
ing them that late hours were very injurious to the 
growth of young folks; but before they went to 
sleep, Gloriosa, at the request of the young girls, had 
told her story in the most simple and touching 



GLORIOSA. 195 

words; and had interested the Fairy in her fate, 
and that of her friend Desira. 

The next day they all set forth towards the 
palace, wishing to give an agreeable surprise to the 
Fairies. They quitted without regret the Forest of 
Wonders, and arrived without any noise at the 
palace. When they were near the inner court, 
they heard a thousand harmonious sounds, making 
fine music. " Here is some fete," said they, " we 
have arrived in good time." They advanced, and 
found the court filled with an innumerable crowd. 

The Fairy made her way through it, and passed 
in with her company. The first who knew her 
shouted aloud, and soon the subject of such great 
joy was discovered. But as she advanced, she per- 
ceived a singular sight. A young girl of the most 
exquisite beauty was fastened to a stake, where ap- 
parently she was about to be burned. 

Gloriosa uttered a piercing cry, for she knew 
that the girl was Desira, but she was greatly sur- 
prised when at the same moment Desira disap- 
peared, and a handsome young man stood in her 
place. At this sight Gloriosa again uttered a 
shriek, and without heeding any thing, rushed for- 
ward to embrace him, saying, again and again, " he 
is my brother." 

It was indeed her brother, who was the fortunate 
lover of Desira, and who fearing she was about to 
be put to death, had just given her the stone of 
Gyges, to release her from the cruelty of Queen 



196 FAIRY STORIES. 

Dwarfia, and by this means he was himself dis- 
covered. 

The brother and sister gave each other a hundred 
marks of their affection. The invisible Desira 
mingled hers with them, and her voice was heard, 
though her form did not appear ; while all the 
Fairies in unparalleled astonishment gave in a 
thousand ways striking marks of their joy, at seeing 
again their virtuous Queen. The good Fairies 
came to throw themselves at her feet, and kiss her 
hands and her garments. They wept, they could 
not speak. The bad Fairies, or the followers of 
Dwarfia, also pretended to be glad to see her, and 
policy gave an air of sincerity to their false demon- 
strations. 

Dwarfia herself in despair at the return of the 
rightful and virtuous Queen, constrained her feel- 
ings with an art which no one else could have em- 
ployed. She came forward immediately to yield 
her power to the true Queen, who with a grave and 
majestic air asked " how the young girl she had 
just seen, had merited such a punishment, and how 
long it was since they had practiced celebrating 
such a cruel death with fetes and sports ?" Dwarfia 
excused herself very ill, and the Queen impatiently 
listened, when the lover of Desira said, "they were 
about to punish this Princess, because she is too 
amiable. And for the same reason have they tor- 
mented the Princess my sister. They are both from 
early youth beautiful, as you now see them." He 



GLORIOSA. 197 

then begged Desira to cover up the Gyges ring, she 
did so, and became visible ; every one was charmed 
as they saw her. " They are beautiful," continued 
the Prince, " they have a thousand virtues which 
they did not receive from the Fairies, here is why 
they envy and persecute them." 

The Prince was silent. The Queen turned to- 
wards the company with the most benignant air. 
" I demand," said she, " that these three persons 
may be given up to me, they shall have the most 
happy fortune which mortals can enjoy. I owe 
enough to Gloriosa, and I will reward what she has 
done for me, with the most enduring happiness." 

" You will reign madam," continued she, turning 
to Dwarfia, " this empire is vast enough for you 
and for me. Go to the beautiful islands which be- 
long to you. Leave me your son, I associate 
him with me in my power ; and it is my wish that 
he should be united to Gloriosa ; this union will 
reconcile us all." 

Dwarfia was enraged at every thing the Queen 
ordered, but where was the help for it ? She was 
not the strongest; she was forced to obey. She 
was about to do so, with no very good grace, when 
Philo appeared, followed by a gallant train of 
youths who formed his court. He came to render 
his homage to the Queen, and congratulate her on 
her return. But as he passed along, he fixed his 
eyes on Gloriosa, and showed her by his affec- 
tionate looks where he felt his duty lay. 



198 FAIRY STORIES. 

The Queen embraced him, and presented him to 
Gloriosa, begging him to receive her from her hand. 
It need not be asked whether he obeyed this with 
pleasure. 

The two marriages were celebrated the same 
day. They were so happy that they are said to be 
the only couple who ever gained the golden vine ; 
and those, whose happiness has since been spoken 
of, were but mere shadows of the bliss of these. 

Thus virtue triumphs over the misfortunes which 
arise in its way ; envy and jealousy only serve to 
make it shine brighter ; and in the end it is always 
happy. 

Gloriosa and Desira were always good and fair. 
Gloriosa had a son named Glorio, who inherited all 
the beauty and grace of his father and mother, — 
and when seated in her arms, sporting with the cup 
which once held the Water of Immortality, the 
group was so fair, that more than one artist sought 
for the honor of attempting to imitate it in a 
picture. 




199 



PRINCE PERINET, 



THE PORCELAIN ISLAND. 

Almidor, was king of a certain part of the Indies, 
he had a wife who was possessed of every charm and 
grace and virtue which was ever seen in woman 
before or since her time. After they had been 
sometime married, a little son was born to them, but 
as if the happiness of the king was too great for a 
mortal, very soon after the birth of his son his wife 
died. 

The poor king could not be comforted. He shut 
himself up day and night with his little boy and 
wept for the loss of his wife. Never had there been 
such a woman, never was such grief known as that 
of the king. 

Some years passed in this manner, the little 
prince arrived at the age of six years. He was 
named Perinet, and the king educated him with the 
greatest care and tenderness. One day when they 
were walking on the sea-shore in a delicious gar- 
den, watered by numerous refreshing streams, they 
suddenly saw rise on the surface of the sea (though 
it was calm every where else, and there was not the 
least breath of wind) they saw, I say, fire floating 
with incredible swiftness on the waves, and the 



200 FAIRY STORIES. 

fiery spot increased so fast, that when it stopped 
near the shore, it seem a burning mountain. 

This prodigy was regarded with astonishment 
mingled with admiration, but greater was the sur- 
prise of the beholders, when they saw issue from 
the midst of these flames, a little boat drawn by two 
swans whiter than snow, in which was seated a 
lady of dazzling beauty. When the boat was 
within the sound of a voice, this beautiful person 
addressed the king and said to him, " I am the fairy 
Manipa, I have always taken an interest in the 
princes of your family, a misfortune threatens you, 
you can however prevent it, you must be separated 
from your son ; before he has attained his fifteenth 
year he will be taken from you in your own do- 
minions. Take in this matter the part that pru- 
dence shall dictate to you." She disappeared in a 
moment and left all the court in as great sorrow as 
if the prediction had already taken effect. 

Almidor retired overcome with sadness, and 
thought of nothing hut seeking some method of 
averting such a misfortune. He at last concluded 
that his sister, who was queen of the Fairies, was 
alone able to secure him from it, and without further 
deliberation he carried his dear Perinet to the 
palace of that princess. She received both with all 
the tenderness and friendship possible, and when 
the king had informed her of the reasons which 
obliged him to place such a precious deposit in her 
hands. " I accept," said she, " with all my heart 



PRINCE PERINET. 201 

the trust you place in me, I will do overy thing in 
my power for my dear nephew, and I promise you, 
while he is in my kingdom nothing shall happen to 
him which can cost you the least pain. Almidor, 
encouraged by the kindness of his sister, returned 
quite satisfied. 

The queen of the Fairies was now wholly occu- 
pied with procuring for her nephew amusements 
suitable to his age. She had no children — and 
she soon loved him as if he had been her own son. 
But while she exhausted the resources of her art to 
make the days of the young prince pass pleasantly, 
she was still more attentive to give him an educa- 
tion worthy of his birth. Skillful masters were con- 
stantly employed to teach him music and dancing, 
and all those exercises which form the mind and 
body — in a word she taught him all that a king 
ought to know. 

Perinet was particularly fond of the amusement 
of hunting, but he also was happy on his return 
from the chase to find pleasant society ready to 
meet him. The queen had in her court some of 
the most beautiful young ladies in the world, among 
them was a young relative of her own, named 
Ticia, whom she thought Perinet might fancy, but 
for some reason, which historians have not put down 
in their books, Perinet did not take much pleasure 
in the society of this young lady. She was so 
much vexed at his coldness, that she determined 
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202 FAIRY STORIES. 

since she could not make him love her, she would 
punish him for what she thought a crime. 

She had a friend named Nortandoso, prince of 
the Blue islands, who was one of the greatest 
magicians of his time. Ticia paid him a visit, and 
after she had told him that Prince Perinet treated 
her with scorn he promised to help her to revenge 
herself on him. 

Tt was necessary in the first place to induce the 
prince to go out of the fairy's kingdom, because 
he could suffer no injury while in her domin- 
ions and he was guarded with great attention. 
Nortandoso however thought he could overcome all 
difficulties. The prince often went hunting, and 
one day when he was pursuing a hare, an animal 
more singular and terrible than can be described 
presented itself before him. It was large as a wild 
boar, it had three heads as large as that of an ox, 
six serpents who made a dreadful hissing, enough 
to frighten the most resolute, formed his six tails. 
This dreadful beast fell upon the dogs, and devour- 
ed them all in a moment. A mortal terror seized 
all the people who were about the prince and they 
abandoned him. But he, consulting only his own 
courage, boldly approached the monster, and shot 
a javelin at him with a sure hand. The mon- 
ster, though invulnerable, immediately took flight 
Perinet did not lose sight of him, but pursued him, 
delighted at having found an occasion worthy of his 
valor. 



PRINCE PERINET. 203 

The dreadful animal would undoubtedly have led 
him out of the kingdom of his aunt into the place 
where the enchanter was awaiting him, but another 
wonder attracted his attention just as he reached 
the borders. He perceived near a castle in a cin- 
namon grove several ladies walking. There was 
one to whom the others appeared to pay the greatest 
respect, it was she who fixed his attention, and 
whose extreme beauty inspired him with the most 
profound admiration. He approached this agreeable 
group. The princess Zanzinette (for it was her on 
whom his attention had been fixed) looked at the 
prince with the greatest astonishment. They con- 
versed together and were mutually pleased, and 
before they separated they agreed to meet again 
the next day at the same spot. 

They met several times and were very happy in 
each other's society. But on returning one day 
from visiting the young lady, the queen of Fairies 
came to announce to him that his father Almidor 
was dangerously ill, and that he wished to have the 
consolation of embracing his son before his death. 
The prince, in great affliction, wished to set off im- 
mediately. The fairy gave him a liquor, the effect 
of which was so wonderful that Almidor had no 
sooner made use of it, than his health was surpris- 
ingly restored. The joy of seeing his son contributed 
not a little to his recovery. 

He was on the point of sending back this dear son, 
that he might escape the misfortune with which he 



204 FAIRY STORIES. 

had been threatened but it was so little time before 
he would complete his fifteenth year that he could not 
resolve to part with him. He thought it would 
be sufficient to watch him with the greatest care. 
At last the birth-day of the prince came, and the 
king delighted to see the end of the troubles which 
had been predicted, was desirous to celebrate such 
a happy event. He- gave the most brilliant fete 
upon the sea which was ever known. 

The amusements had not finished when Prince 
Perinet under pretence of fishing, but in fact, to 
gain a moment of solitude in which he might think 
at liberty upon his dear Zanzinette, stepped by him- 
self into a little boat. He had already caught 
several fish, without paying much attention to what 
he was doing, when he perceived one of an extra- 
ordinary form. Its scales were blue and gold, 
and its eyes resembled two carbuncles. This fish 
came and played about the hook but did not bite 
at it, the prince would have given every thing in 
the world to obtain it. He would have delighted 
greatly to present it to Zanzinette. He already re- 
solved to send a special messenger to bear it to her. 
But the beautiful fish went away as fast as he ap- 
proached him, and carried him so far from the 
shore that he lost sight of all his people, who were 
themselves busily enjoying the sports of the occa- 
sion. He then felt his boat sinking. It was 
necessary to be as courageous as Prince Perinet 
not to be alarmed at this accident, but he never 



PRINCE PERINET. 205 

knew fear. He began to swim, resolved to gain 
the shore. But what was his surprise when he saw 
a man of a horrible form approaching him mounted 
on a great toad. This terrible man seized him, and 
placed him before him, on the saddle, without 
speaking a single word, and immediately the toad 
began to swim with great swiftness. In a few mo- 
ments they arrived at an island, which seemed in- 
habited only by terrible beasts. The guard of it 
was intrusted to two lions, two bears, two elephants 
and four tigers. The master of the toad after having 
muttered a few words between his teeth, put his hand 
on the head of the prince, who at the same moment 
was changed into a tea-pot. It may easily be con- 
ceived that this villainous large gentleman was the 
prince of the Blue island, who to please Ticia, and 
trouble the prince, had just given this form to 
Perinet. 

The melancholy tea-pot was immediately left on 
the island by Nortandoso, who flew off to Ticia to 
inform her of what he had been doing. He ad- 
vanced some steps without meeting any thing, but 
entering a little grove he met on his way, he heard 
voices which convinced him that the place was in- 
habited. Society is a comfort when one is in 
trouble. The prince went on his way, in hope of 
meeting a friend, but nothing could equal his sur- 
prise when he perceived porcelain jars, cups and 
saucers, pitchers and bowls talking together. As 
he was advancing to hear what such personages 
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206 FAIRY STORIES. 

could have to say, he was perceived by all the porce- 
lains who came forward to receive him. They in- 
quired of the tea-pot what had reduced him to this 
condition, and he told them he had been seized at 
sea by a great ugly man mounted on a toad, who 
had taken him with him and metamorphosed him 
in the manner they saw, as soon as they reached 
the island. When he had described his persecutor, 
a sugar bowl spoke and informed him that his 
enemy was Nortandoso, a genius of the largest 
power, who was passionately fond of china ware and 
who transformed into it every one who had the mis- 
fortune to displease him. 

Meantime Almidor not finding his son return 
from fishing felt all the uneasiness and distress 
possible, and all the court shared in his grief. The 
good king sent every body out on the search, and he 
himself ran first one way and then another, but all 
his care was in vain and he had recourse to his sis- 
ter. Though she had undoubtedly great power, it 
did not extend to delivering the prince from his 
present condition. She promised him however to 
help him all she could. She immediately transport- 
ed herself to the Blue island, or rather to the Porce- 
lain island (it bore both names.) Notwithstanding 
her great knowledge she would never have recog- 
nized the unfortunate Perinet if the beautiful yellow 
tea-pot had not said in a low tone to her " I am 
your unfortunate nephew, who suffers more than 
was ever before endured, it is not the state to which 



PRINCE PERINET. 207 

I am reduced which afflicts me most, but I am 
separated from the fair Zanzinette, and without her 
I cannot live." 

The queen was distressed to see the finest prince 
upon earth reduced to this state. She promised to 
exert her art to the utmost to help him. Perinet 
begged her above all things to bring him every day 
news of Zanzinette. She granted him this consola- 
tion, and to bring it about she presented him with a 
little spaniel dog of a brown and white color whom 
she ordered to report to the prince every moment just 
what Zanzinette was doing. This little dog was 
the prettiest creature which had ever been seen up 
to that time, and all the porcelains were charmed 
with him. They could not endure to be a moment 
without playing with him. Perinet was but too 
happy in being able to hear every moment from his 
fair lady. 

After the Fairy had made him such a fine present, 
she gave three strokes of her wand, and a palace 
rose in the midst of a garden. Both palace and 
garden were worthy of the Fairy Queen. The 
porcelains of the island had orders not to leave the 
prince, and to try to amuse him in every way possi- 
ble, and in order to make them take more interest 
in him, the Fairy told them that he was destined to 
put an end to their misfortunes. All the porcelains 
then formed themselves into a procession, and fol- 
lowed the tea-pot, who gravely marching at their 
head, conducted them into the new palace. It was 



208 FAIRY STORIES. 

made of white porcelain embellished with that 
antique blue which begins to be so rare and pre- 
cious. The porcelains found there exactly as many- 
apartments as were necessary. The suite selected 
by the prince, was formed of rubies, the floor was 
of emeralds, his cabinet was studded with dia- 
monds, and ornamented with sapphires. This 
room was the apartment where they all met and oc- 
cupied themselves only with the amusement of 
Perinet, whose whole thoughts however were de- 
voted to his dear Zanzinette. 

The fairy after having arranged this beautiful 
establishment, came to find Almidor, and told him 
every thing that had happened. " There is no re- 
source in your misfortunes," said she, " no other 
means to end them, but to find some entirely fault- 
less young woman, who is willing to undertake the 
deliverance of the prince and who will adventure 
herself alone in a boat upon the sea. If she is pure 
and has freed herself from every wrong habit, the 
boat will go of itself without any conductor to the 
place where the prince is confined. Take no 
further care than to find such a young person. It 
will be she who will restore your son to his original 
beautiful form. 

All the fathers and mothers most zealous in the 
service of the king, came immediately to ofTer 
their daughters. Not a moment was lost, and the 
one who came first embarked immediately. But 
no sooner did the boat feel the weight of the girl 



PRINCE PERINET. 209 

than it returned directly into the port. More than 
a hundred suffered this fate the first day. Whether 
the wind was not favorable, or they had some little 
fault which they did not know themselves, so it 
happened that they all returned directly to the 
place whence they started. 

The king in despair at finding that there was not 
one entirely faultless young girl in a kingdom as 
large as his had recourse again to his sister. After 
she had searched dilligently in her old books, she in- 
formed Almidor that the Princess Zanzinette could 
alone deliver the Prince. At that very moment the 
king sent to ask of Queen Mindamira the Princess 
Zanzinette for his son Prince Perinet. Mindamira 
had long wished for this alliance, but she had de- 
sired it still more since her daughter had confided 
to her the pleasure she took in the society of the 
prince. She went immediately to seek Zanzinette, 
for she had retired into a country house where she 
gave herself up to her grief for the loss of the 
prince. She informed her of the subject of her 
visit, and the intention she had of conducting her 
immediately to Almidor. The joy of the princess 
cannot be expressed. She followed her mother 
into the dominions of the king, who received her as 
the deliverer of his son. Without losing a single 
moment she entered the vessel, which had been so 
fatal to other beauties. All the court and the city 
were assembled on the shore, but all the spectators 
were agitated with different sentiments. Every 



210 FAIRY STORIES. 

body watched with the deepest interest this great 
event, when they saw the sails unfurl of themselves 
and the vessel went forward with such great rapidity 
that it was out of sight in a moment. 

The princess felt a joy which cannot be describ- 
ed. She was going to see her lover again, she 
alone of all the people in the world could re- 
lease him from the unfortunate fate he was suffer- 
ing, and she could give him at the same time the 
strongest proof of her affection. It was night when 
the vessel went into the harbor of the fatal island, 
but Zanzinette immediately stepped out, her impa- 
tience was so great. Her foot had hardly touched 
the shore, than she saw advancing toward her a 
little opal car, the wheels of which were of topaz. It 
was drawn by six glowworms. A child, smiling 
and beautiful as the morning, conducted the car. As 
soon as he perceived the princess, he stepped out, 
went to meet her, and taking her by the hand as- 
sisted her to ascend the car. It was immediately 
in motion and went forward with such rapidity that 
she had not time to make the least reflection on 
what was going on. In a moment she arrived in 
front of a superb palace, and it was there that her 
beautiful carriage stopped short. 

This mansion was distinguished by every thing 
most singular and desirable. It was built of red 
and blue butterflies' wings, and the furniture was 
made of the most beautiful spider webs embroidered 
with gold. As soon as Zanzinette had entered, she 



PRINCE PERINET. 211 

ran every where, calling- " Perinet, my dear 
Perinet," for she imagined this was the place where 
she was to find him. When she had passed through 
several rooms, she was stopped by a woman still 
smaller than the child who had served her for a 
coachman. This little dwarf called out to her, 
" stop fair Zanzinette, listen to me, you seek Perinet 
in vain. My father, King of the Blue Island and mas- 
ter of this kingdom, has ordered me to come and meet 
you. to assure you from him of the most violent love 
he has for you. The fear of displeasing you pre- 
vents him from appearing before .you, after the 
cheat he has practiced upon you. For it is he who 
just took the form of a child, to bring you here, and 
prevent you from going to the palace of porcelains. 
The princess at this felt the most violent grief. 
She could not restrain her feelings, and in her anger, 
she said every thing which love and despair could 
dictate, after which she fainted in the arms of the 
dwarf, who laid her upon a magnificent bed. 

Nortandoso was as much afflicted as he could be 
at any thing, at the state to which his cruelty had 
reduced Zanzinette. He reproached himself and 
was even on the point of carrying the princess to 
the place where he found her, but he remembered 
the good grace with which she left her boat, and 
the wonderful beauty with which he had been daz- 
zled at the first sight of her, for unfortunately for 
Zanzinette he was walking on the sea at the time 
she embarked to deliver Perinet. After he had 
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not give up a person who appeared so beautiful;, 
and to whom he had become so attached. 

The queen, his daughter, did every thing in her 
power to recover Zanzinette from her fainting fit. 
She was as good and gentle, as her father was 
cruel and wicked. " Fair Zanzinette," said she, 
" moderate your grief, stop your tears, my father is 
the most inconstant of men, he often looks with in- 
difference in the evening at what he has loved des- 
perately in the morning. If however he persists in 
his evil designs, I will assist you depend upon me." 
But nothing could console Zanzinette, she opened 
her lips only to say "Let me die, since I cannot see 
Perinet." 

She passed several days in this cruel state. 
Nortandoso had the discretion not to present him- 
self before her for fear of irritating her. As for the 
dwarf, she was so touched with the sorrow of the 
princess, that she promised to take her out of her 
father's hands, provided she would chack in some 
measure the violence of her grief. Zanzinette saw 
that she spoke with sincerity, and she moderated 
her tears and groans. They agreed together that 
she should permit Nortandoso to pay her a visit, 
and that she should make every effort not to let him 
see her aversion to him. The Prince of the Blue 
Island was transported at the kindness of the Prin- 
cess. Every day he contrived the most magnificent 
festivals and amusements, and was beginning to 
entertain great hopes that the princess would at last 
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to settle some difficulties which had arisen in a 
distant part of his kingdom. His daughter took 
advantage of this absence to keep her promise to 
Zanzinette. 

Before separating from the Princess, she made 
her a present of an entirely blue robe, which cov- 
ered her from head to foot. This disguise, though 
simple, assisted her flight, for all the inhabitants of 
the Blue Island were dressed in that color. She 
added to this gift the present of a little white wand, 
which would conduct her in a straight line to the 
porcelain palace. She conjured her to trust herself 
to it entirely, and embracing her tenderly, said, " I 
hope your journey will be as fortunate as I desire 
it to be." Zanzinette, without knowing where she 
was going, followed exactly the wand, which al- 
ways preceded her at a little distance. She walked 
for six months, not without suffering every kind of 
fatigue, and sometimes almost falling into despair 
of ever finding her lover. At last she one day per- 
ceived a castle, on which the sun's rays fell directly. 
It was so brilliant that her eyes could not bear the 
splendor of it. This wonder redoubled her curios- 
ity. When she was at a certain distance, her as- 
tonishment increased. Porcelain vessels of every 
kind came to meet her ; two vases advanced, offer- 
ing their hands or arms, two cups held up her dress, 
a troop of mugs and pitchers preceded, followed and 
paid their respects to her. In the midst of the hon- 
ors she was receiving, a yellow tea-pot broke 
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214 FAIRY STORIES. 

through the crowd by which she was surrounded, 
and stopping before her, said to her in a tone of the 
deepest affection, " It is then you, my dearest Zan- 
zinette, who are willing to see Perinet in the dread- 
ful state to which he is reduced." 

She could not mistake the form of her dear 
friend, she took him in her arms with transports of 
joy. The Prince was ashamed to appear before 
his mistress in such a ridiculous form, he dared not 
speak a single word, and only allowed his sighs to 
be heard. But the princess assured him he was 
equally dear to her under whatever form. This 
assurance encouraged the tea-pot, and made him 
say every thing which love and gratitude could 
dictate. 

When they reached the palace, the princess went 
over it to admire its magnificence, and then went to 
repose herself in the apartment of Prince Perinet. 
It was there that the porcelains pressed around her, 
making her the most polite and agreeable compli- 
ments. They told her how the little Spaniel had 
warned them of all her proceedings, and how Prince 
Perinet had been distressed at the fatigue and anx- 
iety she had suffered. While this conversation was 
going on, the little dog ran in so fast that he was near 
overturning ten or a dozen of the vases and pitchers. 
After having taken breath, he informed the company 
that Nortandoso was on the palace steps, and that 
he would infallibly enter. Since he had discovered 
the loss of the Princess, he had done nothing but 
search for her. This news caused the greatest 
alarm. The little Spaniel ordered silence, and ad- 
dressing the tea-pot, " Prince," said he, " it depends 
on you to secure your happiness, the enchanter will 
soon appear in the palace, he can only be wounded 
on the top of his head. Remember that an oppor- 



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tunity lost can never be regained." At these words 
the little dog disappeared. 

It may easily be imagined that his departure af- 
flicted all the assembly, for they had no resource 
but in the skill and wisdom of the Spaniel. A 
thousand things were proposed ,when Zanzinette 
advised that the tea-pot, whose courage and resolu- 
tion she knew, should be placed on the cornice over 
the door of the room into which Nortandoso must 
enter, and that he should select the right time, and 
fall straight down upon the magician's head. The 
porcelains approved the plan, and Zanzinette took 
the tea-pot and placed him in the middle of the cor- 
nice, after which all the different articles of porce- 
lain placed themselves around her, awaiting the 
result in the greatest anxiety. 

Scarcely had they so arranged themselves when 
they heard the Prince of the Blue Island on the 
stairs. He went from room to room in search of 
Zanzinette. At last he arrived at the one where 
she was, but scarcely had he reached the door step, 
when the tea-pot threw himself on the top of his 
head, from there he fell to the ground and broke 
into a thousand pieces. Zanzinette at this sight 
shrieked and fainted, but Perinet, who had now 
recovered his own fine form, succeeded easily in 
restoring her. All the other porcelains at the same 
moment became what they were before their meta- 
morphosis. Never was seen such a number of 
beautiful men and women, for their charms yielded 
to nothing but those of Zanzinette and Perinet. 
These two friends imagined of course that Nortan- 
doso was dead, but what was their surprise at see- 
ing him changed into a porcelain Pagoda. This 
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216 FAIRY STORIES. 

move, it had only a certain motion of the top which 
still threatened them. 

It is needless to dwell on the delights of the 
Prince and Princess, and all those persons who 
were released from their enchantment. After a fine 
repast, which they found provided for them in one 
of the apartments, they all walked out into the park. 
Here new wonders awaited them. A most remark- 
able car, drawn by swallows, made its appearance. 
The Queen of the Fairies and the little dwarf 
alighted from it. They handed Zanzinette and 
Perinet into the car. Another car soon appeared, 
drawn by six wild ducks, into which all the Princes 
and Princesses were comfortably stowed. 

It may easily be imagined that they all left the 
island without regret. The old giant Pagoda was 
forced to remain, and is probably nodding his head 
there to this day. They all soon arrived at the 
palace of King Almidor, where they were joyfully 
received. Zanzinette and Perinet were immediately 
united in marriage, and after having celebrated the 
occasion with the most varied and magnificent fes- 
tivals, the other Princes and Princesses returned to 
their several homes, and all lived happy and were 
as good as they could be. The wicked Ticia, in 
some of her travels arrived at the Blue Island, and 
was immediately changed there to a Pagoda, for 
the Fairy who had worked all these wonders, had 
decreed that this should be the fate of all the evil 
disposed and bad people who arrived in that island.